Microsoft introduced chat bots for Skype at its Build conference last month and since then it has been gradually rolling out the bots on the many platforms that it serves with Skype. Today the company has announced that this new way to bring products, services, and entertainment into daily messaging on Skype has gone live for users on Mac and the web.
Preview Skype bots are now live on Mac and the web. To get started on Mac, users have to tap on Contacts from the menu and select Add Bot to search through a list of available bots that they can add. Those who are using Skype for Web need to select Discover Bots on the left toolbar to see a similar list.
Previews of some new Skype bots have also been introduced over the past few weeks. This includes Murphy which is a bot to find and create images for when questions can’t be answered by just words and Summarize, which is a bot designed to provide users with an overview of a web page if they don’t have the time to read through all of it.
Skype users can currently access bots in the latest versions of Skype for Windows Desktop, Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac and the web. They’re available to users in the United States, Canada, Australia, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, and India.