Do I need an Azure account to create a bot?
You can start developing your bot with Bot Framework SDK available at https://github.com/microsoft/botframework.
Azure Bot Service
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To convert an existing V4 bot a skill, please visit: https://docs.microsoft.com/azure/bot-service/skill-implement-skill?view=azure-bot-service-4.0&tabs=cs
You can find information about Microsoft Bot Framework SDK at https://github.com/microsoft/botframework.
Examples of Power BI dashboards are provided in the Power BI Analytics sample, highlighting how to gain insights on your bot's performance and quality.
To link accounts to a Virtual Assistant, please check out: https://microsoft.github.io/botframework-solutions/howto/virtual-assistant/linkedaccounts/
The Skill manifest enables Skills to be self-describing in that they communicate the name and description of a Skill, its authentication requirements if appropriate along with the discrete actions that it exposes.
This manifest provides all the metadata required for a calling Bot to know when to trigger invoking a skill and what actions it provides. The manifest is used by the Skill command-line tool to configure a Bot to make use of a Skill.