I've been waiting to announce this for soooo long as the guys here in Reading have been working hard to get this ready and I'm delighted we got this out before WorldWide Partner Conference. Next step is to get it demo'ed during the WWPC keynote.
This started out as an idea for internally sharing information and then we thought it would be great for partners to tap in to the knowledge across the company and get quick answers. Steve Marsh and Alex Smith stepped up and now it's here. Go check it out:
How Do I Add Partner Bot to My Contacts?
Log-in to Windows Live Messenger
Click on 'Add a Contact' icon
Add firstname.lastname@example.org into Instant Messaging Address
As a test, try asking the Bot "who is Steve Clayton"
Partner Bot is your Instant Messenger 'data digger', which quickly retrieves partner-related information and shows you where you can find the answers you need. Simply type in your question and Bot will bring back an instant response. Add Bot as a buddy in your Windows Live Messenger contacts and it will always be available whenever you're logged in. Whether you're looking for support options, searching for competitive information or want to learn more about competencies, ask Partner Bot and it will point you in the right direction.
(Please be aware that Bot may guide you to areas of the Partner Portal which can only be accessed by Registered, Certified or Gold Partners, so you may need to sign-in to view this information.)