Can I use a bot to send notifications from an external api without initiating a conversation

%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-2276078%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ECan%20I%20use%20a%20bot%20to%20send%20notifications%20from%20an%20external%20api%20without%20initiating%20a%20conversation%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-2276078%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CP%3EI've%20spent%20two%20weeks%20trying%20to%20setup%20a%20bot%20and%20now%20have%20got%20to%20the%20point%20where%20it%20is%20sending%20notifications%20to%20Microsoft%20teams.%26nbsp%3B%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3EI've%20come%20to%20realise%20that%20I%20can%20only%20send%20notifications%20if%20I%20have%20initiated%20a%20conversation%20with%20the%20bot%20so%20it%20has%20my%20conversationID.%26nbsp%3B%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3EIs%20it%20possible%20to%20bypass%20this%20and%20send%20a%20notification%20to%20my%20app%20without%20the%20user%20having%20to%20start%20the%20conversation%3F%26nbsp%3B%3CBR%20%2F%3E%3CBR%20%2F%3EMany%20thanks%3C%2FP%3E%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-LABS%20id%3D%22lingo-labs-2276078%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CLINGO-LABEL%3EDeveloper%3C%2FLINGO-LABEL%3E%3CLINGO-LABEL%3EMicrosoft%20Teams%3C%2FLINGO-LABEL%3E%3C%2FLINGO-LABS%3E%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-2279003%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ERe%3A%20Can%20I%20use%20a%20bot%20to%20send%20notifications%20from%20an%20external%20api%20without%20initiating%20a%20conversation%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-2279003%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CP%3E%3CA%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Ftechcommunity.microsoft.com%2Ft5%2Fuser%2Fviewprofilepage%2Fuser-id%2F1028468%22%20target%3D%22_blank%22%3E%40maxwell2465%3C%2FA%3E%2C%20You%20can%20give%20initial%20response%20as%20a%20notification%20using%20Proactive%20messages.%20Check%20this%20%3CA%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Fgithub.com%2Fmicrosoft%2FBotBuilder-Samples%2Fblob%2Fmain%2Fsamples%2Fcsharp_dotnetcore%2F16.proactive-messages%2FControllers%2FNotifyController.cs%22%20target%3D%22_self%22%20rel%3D%22noopener%20noreferrer%22%3Esample%3C%2FA%3E%3C%2FP%3E%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E%3CLINGO-SUB%20id%3D%22lingo-sub-2291863%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3ERe%3A%20Can%20I%20use%20a%20bot%20to%20send%20notifications%20from%20an%20external%20api%20without%20initiating%20a%20conversation%3C%2FLINGO-SUB%3E%3CLINGO-BODY%20id%3D%22lingo-body-2291863%22%20slang%3D%22en-US%22%3E%3CP%3E%3CA%20href%3D%22https%3A%2F%2Ftechcommunity.microsoft.com%2Ft5%2Fuser%2Fviewprofilepage%2Fuser-id%2F1028468%22%20target%3D%22_blank%22%3E%40maxwell2465%3C%2FA%3E%2C%20Please%20let%20us%20know%20does%20that%20help%20clarify.%3C%2FP%3E%3C%2FLINGO-BODY%3E
Occasional Visitor

I've spent two weeks trying to setup a bot and now have got to the point where it is sending notifications to Microsoft teams. 

I've come to realise that I can only send notifications if I have initiated a conversation with the bot so it has my conversationID. 

Is it possible to bypass this and send a notification to my app without the user having to start the conversation? 

Many thanks

2 Replies

@maxwell2465, You can give initial response as a notification using Proactive messages. Check this sample