With the latest updates, Skype brings virtual interlocutors named "Skype bots" which will help users to automate various processes and perform different tasks. Skype bots are available only for messaging, but the developers promise that in the future bots will become available for audio and video calls.
At this moment, Skype bots are available only for users from such countries as Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, India, New Zealand, Singapore, and US (of course, in the coming days, the bots will be available in other countries). Also should be noted that Skype bots are available only for latest versions of Skype for Windows, Android and iOS.
Usually you can add Skype bots using "Bots" tab, but if do not see it hence they are not supported in your country. Anyway, below you will find some Skype bots and link to add desired bot to your contacts list.
How to defend against fake bots?
In the near future it is possible that the intruders will try to fake their profiles so that people thought it is a real bot. To prevent this, remember that:
Skype bot's avatar is hexagon-shaped (while normal avatars are round)
A gray tick mark is present next to the bot name
At the Skype bot profile should be the inscription “Skype Certified”
What bots are able to do?
In the profile of each bot is displayed information about its capabilities and to which data it has access. Typically, bots are able to send and receive photos and instant messages. Also, they have access to your name, and Skype login and any messages or content that you or other members of the band left in the chat.