I’m attending the http://www.mix06.com conference this week in
To give it a try simply add the following email address into your MSN Messenger (I think you have to be running the latest version) or Windows Live Messenger (if you don’t have the beta yet you can get it at http://ideas.live.com): firstname.lastname@example.org. Once added, open a new conversation window with this new automated contact… or BOT. Start the conversation my typing “menu” into the conversation window. Now type “1” and you’ll see the conference schedule. Now try entering “who is Bill Gates”… accept the invitation when prompted.
The BOT has been programmed to offer up certain information based on the text/selections inputted by the user into Messenger. The possibilities with a system like this are endless… but immediately I started to think of online documentation, help systems, etc. The mixinfo BOT is being used here at the conference. I’ve already used it to figure out which session I’ll be attending next.
There’s more information on all the foundational Windows Live platform services at http://msdn.microsoft.com/live/.