The Partner team here in Reading have been working on this for quite some time now, and it's finally live! Even I contributed to some of the content! The Partner Bot is a robot contact that you can add to Windows Live Messenger, using the 'firstname.lastname@example.org' email address. As you can see, I've asked the Partner Bot who I am, and it's returned a very detailed piece of information, along with a call to action. I didn't submit that info, honest...
You'll see that style of response to nearly all the questions; a bit of info, and then a link to more information. I populated the database with information on Vista and Longhorn, so there is quite a bit to get you started. There is also plenty of information relating to the Microsoft Partner Program to get your teeth into.
I've stolen (borrowed) this blurb from Steve's blog:
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.)
Credit to Steve Marsh and Alex Smith here at Microsoft UK for their work on the Partner Bot. Nice one guys!
Way cool! I'm always looking for better ways to search through the mounds of info available. Kudos!
Great post, explained really well and I could really understand. Thank you.