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Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

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Is it possible to add the bot as a contact through Skype4Business or Teams? Meaning the user just searches for [Bot name] and chat with it through there.

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  • Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    How is that not a feature yet? 🙂 You can connect it to Kik but not as a contact in Teams?!? - I'm looking forward to this also so I voted.

  • OliverTeglhus Profile Picture
    OliverTeglhus 10 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    Thanks i voted for it. 🙂

  • renatoromao Profile Picture
    renatoromao 6,459 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    Hi @OliverTeglhus ,

     

    I created your idea: https://powerusers.microsoft.com/t5/Power-Apps-Ideas/Add-bot-as-a-user-that-can-be-contacted-through-Microsoft-Teams/idi-p/417507

    Please, vote for us.

  • OliverTeglhus Profile Picture
    OliverTeglhus 10 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    Alright hopefully this will be added by Microsoft at some point.

  • jpirelli Profile Picture
    jpirelli on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?
    I understand your ask, that is not the case currently. You can get closer though by publishing the bot to your teams enterprise where it would then be an available app like any other. As you make updates you do NOT need them to redeploy since the core logic is not stored in teams.
  • OliverTeglhus Profile Picture
    OliverTeglhus 10 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    Again that is still not what i am looking for.

    I'm sorry for being annoying, but this is something that every user in the organization needs to be able to do, and asking them to unzip a file and manually install an app into Teams is just not going to happen

    The goal here is for the user to simply go in the Teams app search for the bot name under contacts like they would search for any other member of the organization and start a chat that way

    Other bot makers already have this like BotXO

  • jpirelli Profile Picture
    jpirelli on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    Actually, if you follow this for a custom app, then you will end up creating a zip file. Once that zip file is completed, any teams user can install it by going into apps and choosing upload a custom app. Just choose the zip and that person will have the bot as a personal chat in their teams across all devices.

     

  • OliverTeglhus Profile Picture
    OliverTeglhus 10 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    @renatoromao 

    I am aware of this, but that was not what i meant. Your solution adds the bot as a part of a existing Team

    What i want to have is that the bot will be a contact in Teams/Skype For Business so you write to it like you would any other user.

  • renatoromao Profile Picture
    renatoromao 6,459 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    Yes, you can insert your bot into Microsoft Teams.

    Documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/power-virtual-agents/publication-add-bot-to-microsoft-teams

  • Ashish2012 Profile Picture
    Ashish2012 194 on at
    Re: Add bot as a user that can be contaced through Skype/Teams?

    You can add a Bot to the MS Teams not sure about Skype for Business. 

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