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Microsoft Unveils New Cloud Bot Service for Azure Sights on AI


Redmond introduces a new service for its Azure cloud platform tailored to help developers create intelligent bots for Azure using the Microsoft Bot Framework. Dubbed Azure Bot Service – the new bots are sought to run on Azure Functions, a serverless environment that allows enterprises to scale their bots as needed.

The new enhanced service is claimed to enable enterprises build, connect, deploy, and manage bots that interact naturally with users through an app, Web site, SMS platform, Slack, Facebook Messenger, Skype, and several other popular services.

On the rollout, Lili Cheng, an engineer with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, wrote on the company’s blog that the new service will help companies accelerate intelligent bot development. Lili said, “You can get started quickly with out-of-the-box templates such as the basic bot, Language Understanding Intelligent Service bot, form bot, and proactive bot,” Lili Cheng, an engineer with Microsoft’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, said on the company’s blog.

“You can build bots in C# or Node.js directly in the browser and try it out with the companion Web Chat control,” she said. “Or you can use the IDE and code editor of your choice under the covers; the Azure Bot Service uses an Azure Resource Manager (ARM) template to create an Azure Function App for easy deployment and automatically registers your bot in the Microsoft Bot Framework, which provides a public bot directory to increase the exposure of your bot.”

On the heels, the tech giant also said to have inked a new deal with nonprofit artificial intelligence (AI) project OpenAI (A primary user of Azure) to make Azure the preferred cloud platform for the organization’s biggest and most important AI experiments.

“OpenAI chose Microsoft due to our deep learning research and ongoing commitment to AI, along with Azure’s support for open source technologies and its unique combination of high performance computing, big data and intelligence capabilities such as Azure Batch, Azure Machine Learning and the Microsoft Cognitive Toolkit (formerly CNTK),” Harry Shum, executive vice president of the company’s Artificial Intelligence and Research Group, said in a blog post.

OpenAI was already an early adopter of Microsoft’s Azure N-Series Virtual Machines, which will be generally available starting in December. The virtual machines are designed for intensive compute workloads, including deep learning, simulations, rendering and the training of neural networks. They also enable high-end visualization capabilities to allow for workstation and streaming scenarios by utilizing Nvidia GRID in Azure.

The news was published in Top Tech News.



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