Skype bots can now chat with you on your Mac

Microsoft has added support for bots to the Mac version of Skype, allowing those users of the VoIP service to chat with AI messaging bots. Microsoft previously launched Skype bots for the iPhone and iPad versions.

Mac users can start chatting with bots by clicking on the "Contacts" selection from the menu and then select "Add Bot…." to search for or view a list of available Bots. Microsoft added (opens in new tab) that it has been introducing new Skype bots to chat with since the initial announcement, such as:

  • Murphy, a Bot to find and create images for when questions can't be answered by words alone
  • Summarize, a Bot designed to give an overview of a web page if you don't have time to read the whole thing

Microsoft also announced that Skype bots are now available on the web version.

John Callaham

I have been writing professionally about technology and gaming news for 14 years.

  • I can add bots but none of them are showing as online so I am unable to "chat" with them.
  • I don't know much about "bots." I'd appreciate iMore publishing a tutorial on them. For example, do they collect data and personal information? Do these new Skype bots send our data to Microsoft? Thanks! Sent from the iMore App
  • Do they collect data and personal information? Who cares? Most companies do when you don't even realize it, and you're not exactly going to be putting in your password or your utmost secrets into a bot now are you?
  • That's the point: I don't know much about bots, so I was asking. Wake up a bit cranky today?!