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Building a Skype for Business bot with Microsoft Bot Framework and LUIS

With the steady growth of chatbots, platforms like Skype, Facebook, Kik, Line etc. have all started supporting chatbots. The launch of the Microsoft Bot Framework provides an easy process for the development of bots on several such platforms.

Skype for Business is the Instant Messaging (IM) platform for thousands of businesses worldwide. However, as a platform primarily for messaging, Skype for Business does not support bots out of the box.
Topics: Skype for Business Microsoft BOT LUIS Microsoft

Inspire-Ready at Microsoft’s annual partner conference of the year

My favourite time of the year is soon approaching and no it’s not ringing Christmas bells yet! For a chief evangelist of a technology company, conferences and networking opportunities take front row. On July 15, I will be in Las Vegas, playing poker at Microsoft Inspire for five days with the hope of winning some good connections, updates and knowledge about the world curated by Microsoft technologies.
Topics: Microsoft Inspire Microsoft IoT Artificial Intelligence

Three days of Microsoft OpenHack data and IoT

It is always an honor and great experience when we participate in a Microsoft event. Recently my colleague, Prasad and I from our office got an opportunity to attend an open-hack event organized by Microsoft. It was scheduled at Hotel Hyatt Regency, Mumbai. I would describe the experience as an excellent opportunity to interact with professionals working with or at Microsoft who are also contributors to Azure services. Both of us got an opportunity to explore different AZURE IOT/AI and storage related services and an opportunity to work with people from different organizations.
Topics: Microsoft IoT MS OpenHack

Microsoft organized App Innovation Workshops at e-Zest

It’s always a full house when Microsoft organizes workshops. e-Zest collaborated with Microsoft and Pune User Group (PUG) as a partner for the App Innovation Workshop series. With three engaging workshops on Cloud, Xamarin, and DevOps, presenters were able to enlighten the participants, mainly IT professionals of Pune on employing these trending technologies as they build apps.
Topics: Xamarin Microsoft DevOps Cloud

GitHub acquisition: A tectonic shift in the global IT industry

Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition deal worth $7.5 billion is a groundbreaking shift in the global IT industry. Microsoft executives have confirmed that GitHub will operate independently and retain its open source identity.

With this all-stock acquisition, Microsoft is expected to prioritize integration with Azure, giving a massive boost to Azure-based DevOps. Such a close integration can pose challenges for developers working with competing platforms such as Amazon and Google.
Topics: GitHub Microsoft Microsoft’s GitHub acquisition

Highlights from App Innovation Workshop on DevOps

With a full house at Microsoft’s second App Innovation Workshop on DevOps held at our premises, we are excited to present the third in the series- Xamarin. The technical workshop series is presented by SMEs from the Pune User Group (PUG) and provides members of the tech community with the opportunity to develop an understanding of Microsoft’s platforms through hands-on exercises and knowledge sharing.

Our first workshop on Cloud was held on May 18 with several team members from e-Zest facilitating, followed by a hands-on DevOps workshop on June 1 presided primarily by DevOps Consultant and Microsoft MVP Gouri Sohoni.

With things innovating at the speed of light around us, it is workshops like these that keep developers constantly up to date with the new toy in the market. For more information about our Xamarin workshop and to register visit: https://t.co/sLo7gylUq6

Topics: Microsoft DevOps

e-Zest is a leading digital innovation partner for enterprises and technology companies that utilizes emerging technologies for creating engaging customers experiences. Being a customer-focused and technology-driven company, it always helps clients in crafting holistic business value for their software development efforts. It offers software development and consulting services for cloud computing, enterprise mobility, big data and analytics, user experience and digital commerce.