Two years ago at its Build developer conference, Microsoft made a big push for its bot development tools and the idea of "conversation as a service." Since then, things have gone a bit quiet.

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But it seems like Microsoft is ready to ramp up its bot-building tools and messaging in the coming few months.

Microsoft is working on v4 of its Bot Builder software development kit and has open sourced that SDK, as noted by Gary Pretty, Technical Strategist at Mando and Microsoft AI Most Valuable Professional (MVP). And both Python and Java support are coming to this version of the SDK, alongside existing C#, .NET and JavaScript options. (The Python and Java GitHub pages are not yet live, as Pretty notes.)

Read more: Microsoft readies Python, Java support for its bot-building framework | ZDNet

See also: What’s next for the Microsoft Bot Framework? | What Gary Pretty