As part of its ongoing Build 2016 conference, Microsoft rolled out a new feature to its Skype messaging app. Dubbed Skype Bots, the feature is described by the company as "a new way to bring expertise, products, services and entertainment into your daily messaging on Skype."
The Redmond, Washington-based company demonstrated the feature by showing off a Cortana integrated Skype client where-in the virtual assistant acted as a Skype Bot to help users identify people, places, and things in their messages, as well as display more info about them.
In addition, it could also perform other tasks, including calendar management, travel and hotel bookings, and more.
The Skype Bots feature is currently only available through messaging, although Microsoft says that in future, it will be available for audio and video calling as well. Here's an example of a Skype Video bot:
The Bots feature is rolling out to Skype's iOS, Android, as well as Windows clients. Microsoft has also released a new Skype developer program for developers to get started building Bots right away - hit the Skype Developer link below to know more about it.