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 email@example.com into Instant Messaging Address
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"
The blurb: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.)
This is great... though it didn't know "who is the daddy?" ... I expect to get the same answer as the first question you told us to ask! ;)
Very handy Steve. I'm looking forward to this making it over the pond to the U.S. Partner site! Any plans or timetable for that by chance?
ha ha...nice one Mike :) We actually have a way of allowing people to submit their own answers which is both fun and dangerous. What do you think...should we allow it?
James - I'm pretty sure it will hit the US and other geographies soon.
I'll be looking forward to that for sure. Thanks! Anything to make traversing the Partner site easier is gold in my book.
This is great fun, spent a good ten minutes try to find all the easter eggs in there. Here is a list of the ones I found http://blog.the-dargans.co.uk/2007/06/microsoft-partner-bot.html.
At the World Partner Conference in Denver today, they took a look at Windows Live and the opportunities
How about some integration with the activity window (see link for an example)?
which link Edd?
I was hanging out with Christian Longstaff , our resident Web Partner guy whom you should all get to