Connect a bot to Direct Line Speech (Preview)
You can configure your bot to allow client applications to communicate with it through the Direct Line Speech channel.
Once you have built your bot, onboarding it with Direct Line Speech will enable low latency, high reliability connection with client applications using the Speech SDK. These connections are optimized for voice in, voice out conversational experiences. For more information on Direct Line Speech and how to build client applications, visit the custom voice-first virtual assistant page.
Sign up for Direct Line Speech Preview
Direct Line Speech is currently in preview and requires a quick sign-up in the Azure Portal. See details below. Once approved, you will get access to the channel.
Add the Direct Line Speech channel
To add the Direct Line Speech Channel, first open the bot in the Azure Portal, and click on Channels in the configuration blade.
In the channel selection page, find and click
Direct Line Speechto choose the channel.
If you have not yet been approved for access, you will see a page for requesting access. Fill in the requested information and click 'Request'. A confirmation page will show up. While your request is pending approval, you will not be able to go beyond this page.
Saveto confirm your channel selection.
Enable the Bot Framework Protocol Streaming Extensions
With the Direct Line Speech channel connected to your bot, you now need to enable Bot Framework Protocol Streaming Extensions support for optimal, low-latency interaction.
If you haven't already, open the blade for your bot in the Azure Portal.
Click on Settings under the Bot Management category (right below Channels). Click the checkbox for Enable Streaming Endpoint.
At the top of the page, click Save.
On the same blade, under the App Service Settings category, click Configuration.
General settingsand then select the option to enable
Saveat the top of the configuration page.
The Bot Framework Protocol Streaming Extensions are now enabled for your bot. You are now ready to update your bot code and integrate Streaming Extensions support to an existing bot project.
Manage secret keys
Client applications will need a channel secret to connect to your bot through the Direct Line Speech channel. Once you've saved your channel selection, you can retrieve these secret keys from the Configure Direct Line Speech page in the Azure Portal.
Adding protocol support to your bot
With the Direct Line Speech channel connected and support for the Bot Framework Protocol Streaming Extensions enabled, all that's left is to add code to your bot to support the optimized communication. Follow the instructions on adding Streaming Extensions support to your bot to ensure full compatibility with Direct Line Speech.
Note that the service is in preview and subject to change, which may affect your bot development and overall performance. Here is a list of known issues:
The service is currently deployed to Azure region west US 2. We will roll out to other regions soon, so all customers will get the benefit of low-latency speech interactions with their bots.
Minor changes to control fields, such as serviceUrl, will be coming
SigninCard is not yet supported by the channel