Microsoft & The Rise of Conversational Computing
Microsoft's bot platform, which allows bots and machine learning developers to create apps for communication and chat platforms like Skype, FB Messenger, Kik, and others, is now being used by more than 45,000 developers (significantly higher than the 34,000 developers who are making bots on Facebook).
Microsoft and Facebook Messenger both announced the opening of their chat platforms in the beginning of April. By mid-July, each platform had roughly 20,000 developers using its bot framework. As we head into fall, however, Microsoft has taken the lead, at least in terms of the total number of developers using each framework. Bots for Microsoft and Messenger can be made on several platforms, not just within their own frameworks.
One of the reasons for Microsoft's success in this regard is its openness. Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella has repeatedly made statements about the future of conversational computing, even going as far as calling chat the new interface, a UI that will be as important to computing as the GUI (the graphic user interface).
“We’re taking an approach where any bot you build is not captive to any one conversational canvas. It’s available everywhere,” he said at Microsoft Ignite recently.