According to Alfred Thompson’s blog, Microsoft and Conversagent are giving away free licenses for their BuddyScript SDK for MSN Messenger. Now developers can build their own IM bots for MSN Messenger at no charge. The free license period lasts “at least six months,” but the company will extend the licenses beyond the initial six month term for developers who create a groundbreaking bot.

Users have had the ability to create their own chat bots for a while. RunABot hosts an online community for bot builders, and there are already several software applications available for bot creation. The Conversagent SDK goes the extra step by allowing for integration with MSN Activities and Games.

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