BUILD 2016: Prepare yourself: Skype video bots are coming and taking over your life


Prepare for Skype video bots to take over your life, as Microsoft promises to use Cortana to create “a truly unbounded personal assistant” at Build 2016.

It sees chat applications as the ultimate rich canvas by providing video mail transcripts and deploying third-party bots to pave the way for futuristic shopping and planning services.

A demo for this next-generation version of Skype was able to convert a short video message into text for demoer Lilian Rincon, Microsoft’s Group Program Manager, Skype Mobile and Engagement.

She was able to read the transcript, respond with new emojis and tap on highlighted words to trigger a wide range of information cards.

Talking to chat bots 1:1

Skype information cards are powered by Bing, and bring contextual data like directions and background information to you without the extra step of leaving the chat to search.

At any time, Cortana can chim, relaying questions from third-party chat bots. “I got a message from Cups and Cakes Bot,” said Cortana, asking to share Rincon’s current location for delivery.