Microsoft’s Bing search results now include bots

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The Bing search engine can now surface bots in its search results when you search for a business.

The news was announced today at Build, Microsoft’s annual developer taking place May 10-12 in Seattle. The Microsoft Bot Framework, a toolkit for creating bots for more than half a dozen chat apps and Bing.com, was first launched at Build in San Francisco last year.

To test the feature, search “Monsoon Restaurant Seattle” now and you can try out the bots on Bing experience.

The bots pop up come up on Bing.com after in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen similar to a Facebook Messenger or Google Hangouts message in Gmail. Those same conversations automatically carry over and can be continued on Skype.

Bing began its bot ambitions by speaking with businesses with high search traffic and reminding them of the sorts of questions people were asking about their business in search.

VentureBeat and other news outlets reported last week that the possibility of bots in Bing search results

Microsoft also announced Wednesday that its Cortana Skill Kit is now publicly available so developers can begin to create voice apps for the intelligent assistant. Changes are also expected for Microsoft Bot Framework, and Microsoft Cognitive Services, which can supply the AI smarts for bots.

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