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January 2021

Jan 6

Azure Health Bot is now generally available

NOW AVAILABLE

Moving Microsoft Healthcare Bot to Azure and empowering organizations to deliver even better care for patients.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Microsoft Healthcare Bot
  • Services

September 2020

Sep 22

Azure Communication Services now available in public preview

IN PREVIEW

Build engaging communication experiences with the same secure platform used by Microsoft Teams. Add video, voice, SMS, chat, and telephony capabilities into almost any web, mobile, or desktop application.

  • Visual Studio
  • App Service
  • Event Grid
  • Azure Logic Apps
  • Azure Functions
  • Azure Bot Services
  • Azure Cognitive Services
  • Services
  • SDK and Tools
  • Microsoft Ignite

May 2020

May 19

Azure Bot Service and Bot Framework updates for Build 2020

NOW AVAILABLE

See the list of enhancements and new capabilities designed to make chatbot development more productive, including the GAs of Bot Framework Composer and Virtual Assistant solution accelerators, as well as support for human hand-off scenarios.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Features
  • SDK and Tools
  • Microsoft Build

May 2019

May 6

New series of Azure Bot Framework enhancements now available

NOW AVAILABLE

Azure Bot Service, built on Microsoft Bot Framework, makes it easier to develop bots and intelligent agents. New enhancements include: Adaptive dialogs enable developers to create more sophisticated, dynamic conversations.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Microsoft Build
May 6

Language Understanding now has analytics dashboard

NOW AVAILABLE

Language Understanding service makes it easier to build language models by extending roles to all entity types, dynamic lists, and providing a new analytics dashboard.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Microsoft Build
May 6

Microsoft Bot Framework enhancements

New feature enhancements to the Microsoft Bot Framework allow developers to handle complex dialogs with users while also enjoying more natural language experiences. The updates include the ability to improve the dialog management process — necessitating less code by using adaptive dialogs. Additionally, Language Generation allows developers to decouple language resources for their bot and then manage those resources in separate files, avoiding the need to hardcode bot responses.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Features
May 6

QnA Maker now supports multi-turn dialogs

NOW AVAILABLE

QnA Maker now can handle multi-turn conversation and is even more simple to deploy without code

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Microsoft Build

November 2018

Nov 14

Virtual Assistant solution accelerator is in preview

IN PREVIEW

The virtual assistant solution accelerator simplifies creation of your own assistant, enabling you to get started in minutes.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Services
Nov 14

Azure Bot Service enforcing transport layer security (TLS) 1.2

IN PREVIEW

On December 4, 2018, the Azure Bot Service will require all connections to be secured using transport layer security (TLS) 1.2.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Compliance
  • Services

May 2017

May 11

Bot Framework Updates

IN PREVIEW

We're pleased to announce updates to the Bot Framework that will provide developers with more tools and streamlined integration to other services for developing bots.

  • Azure Bot Services
  • Features

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