Making sense of Microsoft's big push into chat-based interfaces.
If bots indeed become the next major computing platform, they offer each of Microsoft’s divisions ways to win. The company will court developers to create their bots in Windows and run them on on Azure, where it is able to charge for a range of services. As Amazon Web Services was to the mobile era, the thinking goes, Microsoft could be to bots. And on the consumer end, all those bots could help people be more productive.