Skype comes with VoIP based communication services. Available as an all-in-one communication service, it is available on all the main platforms such as Android, iOS, Windows and macOS. Microsoft gets new features every now. Along with all the great features, Skype has been making news for its Bots feature, which is accessible on all the Skype apps. Skype Bots are like to Telegram bots but advantage from Microsoft’s superior experience and resources in AI programming.
How to Use Bots in Skype?
It is very easy to look for bots in the Skype app. You can search for them in a couple of ways:
- Tap on the Search Button from the home screen of the Skype app and type the name of the bot you are looking for. The search list also provides you an option of “Tap to find new bots” that lets you open a separate search screen only for bots.
- You can also swipe left to the “People” tab and tap on the Find bots button to open an exclusive bot search screen.
Tested these bots on the Skype app for Android. The output may differ on other platforms.
Skyscanner is one of the world’s most well-known travel based meta search engine and they provide a great Skype bot. The bot functions simply like its website counterpart though in the limits of your Skype window. It will request you to put in your home city, place of your journey’s beginning and all the important details needed for showing travel options. However, you are additionally with tips on your route, price suggestions on the two-way journey bookings, best 5 cheapest options and changing price alerts. The bot takes some time to respond but the results provided are commendable.
2.Bing Music Preview
The Bing Music Preview is a quality bot on Skype and it is developed by Microsoft. It allows you to search for music on popular sites like YouTube, Vevo, Lyric Find and much more. You only want to type in the name of the song or its artist and the bot will give you its video link from any of the declared websites. However, we found that you can also search for commercials and videos of types other than music videos.
3.Bing News Preview
Another bot by Microsoft, the Bing News Preview provides with headlines in your Skype inbox. Even though the number of headlines is restricted to 3, you get them along with web links. And, as you have solved, the news headlines are provided by Bing. Try this out if you wish to learn about the world’s happenings occasionally in between your chat sessions.
4.Bing Image Preview
You don’t want to be a rocket scientist to guess this bot’s function. Bing Image Preview from Microsoft helps you find images on a particular topic. You only want to type the name of the subject in its chat thread, but that’s the only thing you can write. Any casual sentence is not considered as a valid input. You get the link to the full-screen view of the image followed by the link to the page. We think this is a worthy bot that deserves a place in your Skype conversations list.
The Foursquare bot enables to look for the best food, nightlife, and attractions nearby or anyplace else in the world for you to explore. It requests you to enter the details of what you need to find, followed by the name of the area in which you are looking for. For example, you can type “Find cafes in Connaught Place, New Delhi” and it will show you different places that may interest you. The search doesn’t cover a lot of places, which is dependent on the Foursquare’s resources. but, there’s a “more info” button that provides with the map locations. You can easily use this to plan a get-together with your Skype contacts by sharing details and locations of a place.
This bot looks for Getty images from your search queries. You have to put in your search query in the text box of its chat thread and you are given links to the stock images from the websites. If you want to buy the image, you will have to click on the link to continue your purchase from the website. This bot takes every input as a search term, so you won’t be able to chat with it.
If you are a fan of Marvel’s popular superhero, then you should try out this one. This bot imagines to be Doctor Strange, who is searching for an assistant. You are asked a lot of questions even before you start, therefore giving you the actual experience of talking to Doctor Strange. It leads you into a story based conversation, with active interaction from the user. To be truthful, the bot doesn’t have any practical utility. But, if you need to remember the magical experience of the movie, you should surely chat with the AI version of Doctor Strange.
It follows a simple approach to help you create memes in the form of chat messages. It requests that you to upload an image along with text for both the upper and lower images. It then sends you the processed image in the form of a meme. The bot responds fast and creates appreciable memes.
If you are somebody who’s dependent to the solitaire game and prefer playing it regularly, then this will help you while you are active on Skype. It provides you an experience of playing Solitaire in a chat-based format. The bot acts as a computer and then provides you with possible moves available for you to choose. It also gives you images of the current situation and moves, that provide you a familiarity with the Solitaire game on your Windows computer.
The Horoscope Bot provides daily predictions in its separate chat thread which is created by Microsoft. It brings predictions using resources from Bing. Along with the predictions, you can additionally get to read about other horoscopes and access inspirational articles. We can’t comment on the accuracy of the predictions as all horoscopes are much different from each other.