Did bots make a huge splash in 2016?

Remember the movie “Her”? It was about an ordinary man falling in love with the artificially intelligent operating system. Looks like enterprises have been aiming for something similar this year, except that they are trying make you fall in love with interactive bots, while adding to workplace productivity. It has been raining bots in 2016, especially after Oracle, Facebook Messenger and Microsoft opened their respective platforms to bot developers. While bot creation is chiefly up a developer’s ally, this was an opportunity tapped by both consumers and enterprise users. We have previously written about how chatbots are stealing the thunder in the Artificial Intelligence space and gaining popularity by leaps and bounds. But going by how the “bot saga” has been seeping into the enterprise sector in different forms, Techseen has decided to bring to you the HOTTEST developments in the “BOT world” this year:

Microsoft’s QnA Maker service

Microsoft Well this one must have been a boon for customer service execs. Microsoft launched its QnA Maker service, which turns FAQ documents into a bot that can handle customer service requests. Once the information is fed in by a user, the service creates a bot that can respond to customer questions with the content from the knowledge base. Smooth!

Oracle’s chatbot integration

Oracle acquires Dyn Apart from unveiling its chatbot development platform in September, Oracle introduced a chatbot support in its Mobile Cloud Service. The new tools don’t require you to write in Java, PHP, or even JavaScript and work with other bot platforms like Facebook Messenger, Kik and Slack. Phew, no more coding!

Skype gets more “understanding”

Skype Meetings Skype collaborated with Bing, Microsoft’s search engine, to showcase a preview of Bing Entity and Intent detection so that natural language understanding is built right into Skype Bots.

Watson befriends Slack

Slack to integrate IBM Watson IBM and Slack partnered to bring Watson to Slack’s global community of developers and enterprise users. This has merged Slack’s digital workplace with the cognitive computing capabilities of Watson to enable developers to create more efficient bots and other conversational inferences — that will transform the platform’s user experience.

BOTting Skype

Microsoft_Skype bots Microsoft unleashed a fresh set of bots for its Skype users, bringing automated AI assistants that focus on travel and entertainment. These were made available across each Skype client whether on Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, or the web.

Salesforce uplifts customer interactivity

Salesforce Lightning Bolt Salesforce brought bot conversations to its Service Cloud with the launch of LiveMessage, a tool to help customer service executives manage messaging traffic. So companies could start with bots for simple interactions, then transferring to humans for more complex questions.

A new player in the league

Gupshup announces two new development tools Gupshup, a cross-channel bot platform, announced the launch of two new development tools — Flow and Template Bot Builders — to make chatbot building easy for anyone regardless of their technical skills. Available on Gupshup.io, the Bot Builder tools use simple drag-and-drop tools and pre-selected menus. Definitely a player to look out to in 2017!

Cortana equipped to organize meetings

Cortana Microsoft integrated a new AI bot called Calendar.help into Cortana to help you with the tedious task of scheduling meetings. All you need to do is Cc:Cortana while sending the email to attendees. It reads natural language like “sometime next week” or “tomorrow”, check your calendar and contact other attendees to arrive at the best time for the meeting.

Now you can print directly from Slack!

HP HP launched a Slack bot that lets you print documents directly inside Slack. For this, you need to use the cloud-based HP ePrint, the bot allows you to print documents and photos at work, at home, or anywhere else.

A chatbot to assist digital payments

Mahindra Comviva bot Mahindra Comviva has introduced a chatbot to assist users with digital payments in the newest version of its mobile mobiquity Wallet. The mobile wallet can now employ the chatbot for registration and payments services, with further plans to take to context-driven interactions. So which one are you planning to try out this year? Happy 2017!

Abhinav Mohapatra

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