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In a number of the annoucements and demos we saw "WhoBot" when will this be avaliable within Teams?

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best response confirmed by Michael Holste (Microsoft)
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WhoBot is my feature - we are working to make it available as soon as possible. I don't have a specific date to share unfortunately but we're hard at work finishing it.
Any news? :)

Any update on this? Also is there any bot gallery for Teams?

Same here, any news on this feature/bot? Looking forward to it!

Me too, Is there any news on status?

@Bill Bliss, is there any update to the "WhoBot" release timing?

Hello Bill,

 

Any news on Whobot? A "still working on it" would be great :)

 

This is THE feature that will have me push for a switch at our company.

 

Regards,

/Stefan Sonesson

Any update @Bill Bliss?  This would really help push Teams adoption.

Obviously I don't check Tech Community as often as I should!

We are still actively working on it. We've held it back while we institute a way of measuring how well it answers questions and detecting when it doesn't, plus adding and polishing features.

A year down the road... when's this thing coming!?

It appears with the announcements today, you can now install the Who bot. I've written up a blog post on this https://blog.hyperfish.com/microsoft-teams-whobot 

Great article, Jeremy! Thanks.

Yes, it took a long time to get it out the door. Too long, IMO.

Thanks Bill, I'm glad that its out there. as its a great showcase for bots and so useful to Office 365 users!

@Jeremy Thake @Bill Bliss can you clarify who "owns" the WhoBot? It's listed as an external app in the Teams admin center which, for our organization, means lots more scrutiny and approvals are needed. This would be fine if I could find any clear documentation on security, privacy, etc. 

 

Is this a Microsoft created bot as I suspect? If so, why is it listed as an external app? If not where can I find security and privacy details?

 

Trying to deploy this bot but can't until security concerns are answered.

 

Thank you in advance for any clarity you can provide! 

@Bill BlissCould you advise what data source is searched to return the information from Who bot please? An example being who is person x's manager, does this look up in Azure AD, EOL's Address List, etc.?

 

Thanks in advance.

@Jason Miller I did not see this question until today when I was searching for something else.

 

Who bot was created by, and is operated by, Microsoft (specifically, the Teams team). The only reason it's not on by default is that data in transit goes through LUIS (Language Understanding Intelligent Services) which is not (entirely) Office 365 compliant. All data is anonymized (no one knows who's saying what) and no data is logged there, so there are no real privacy or security issues to be concerned about, but since that's true we can't turn it on by default.

All of the information comes from Azure Active Directory except for "who knows about" (Teams) and questions about meetings and emails, which uses Exchange.

@Bill Bliss - Are you able to provide any additional information about what powers the 'Who works with' question in the WhoBot? We're getting some questions about this from our EMEA teams and want to provide more clarity. Thanks!