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Microsoft Brings New Adaptive Cards to Bot Framework

A slew of new Adaptive Cards were announced at Build 2017 today. Skype, Cortana, Microsoft Teams and more are now available as cards in the Bot Framework.


We already know that takes bots seriously. From the Bot Framework to chat bots, the company is one of the leaders in task automation through AI. At today, the company expanded the capabilities of its bots with several new Adaptive Cards.

These are fairly significant additions to the Microsoft Bot Framework. At the conference on day one, the company revealed Adaptive Cards support for multiple apps. Some of them are Microsoft's own important services, such as Skype, Cortana, Bing, and Microsoft Teams.

Other new Adaptive Cards include Notifications and rival platforms iOS and .

If you are unfamiliar with Adaptive Cards, they allow developers to write cards for an app or service. Announced recently for the Bot Framework, these cards use the same syntax to look good across platforms.

As well as the new Adaptive Cards, Microsoft also announced a new payment request API. This gives Bot Framework developers tools to add shopping features to bots.

Bot Framework

The Bot Framework was introduced by Microsoft at Build 2016 last March. The service gives developers tools to easily create bots and distribute them through a marketplace.

Microsoft allows developers to create bots for apps away from Skype, such as Slack, Messenger, and more. Indeed, Slack's Botkit and the Bot Framework are integrated to support each other.

This means that Microsoft Bot developers will be able to make bots for Slack. In reverse, Botkit users can now develop their bots for other platforms.

Luke Jones
Luke Jones
Luke has been writing about all things tech for more than five years. He is following Microsoft closely to bring you the latest news about Windows, Office, Azure, Skype, HoloLens and all the rest of their products.

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