Microsoft's campaign to introduce conversational bot overlords marches on

An illustration of the new card functionality available to Skype bots with an update announced July 8, 2016.

Want to have a group trivia contest on Skype?

Microsoft announced updates to the bot functionality in Skype on Friday that let digital quizmasters and other automated participants take part in group text conversations.

Developers that use the functionality can open their robotic conversation partners to groups of friends and coworkers, similar to what Slack offers today.

Skype also now supports visual cards that let users see pictures, receipts and more, similar to what Facebook offers bot makers through tools for Messenger.

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