Messaging app Kik opens chatbot store

Messaging app Kik opens chatbot store 6 April 2016 From the section Technology Image copyright Thinkstock Image caption Messaging app Kik is betting on a future where we chat to shopping and entertainment bots Messaging app Kik has launched an online store for chatbots, to allow brands to talk to users via bots.Chatbots – computer programs designed to simulate conversation with humans – are increasingly being seen as a key way to engage customers.Kik, which has 275 million users, has signed up 16 partners including make-up store Sephora and The Weather Channel.Microsoft opened a chatbot store last week and Facebook is expected to follow suit.In Kik’s store, users will be able to download bots for entertainment, customer service and shopping. Developers will also be able to access the platform to…

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