What's new November 2020

APPLIES TO: SDK v4

The Bot Framework SDK v4 is an Open Source SDK that enable developers to model and build sophisticated conversations using their favorite programming language.

This article summarizes key new features and improvements in Bot Framework and Azure Bot Service.

Item C# JS Python Java
Release 4.11 (GA) 4.11 (GA) 4.11 (GA) 4.7 Preview
Samples .NET Core, WebAPI Node.js, TypeScript, es6 Python

Welcome to the November 2020 release of the Bot Framework SDK. There are a number of updates in this version that we hope you will like; some of the key highlights include:

  • Documentation: improvements to existing documentation, including READMEs for the code and samples repositories.
  • Teams: added support for the Participant Meeting API, and other general improvements.
  • Skills: can now be run and tested locally in the Emulator without an app ID and password, improved support for skills in adaptive dialogs.
  • Orchestrator (preview): a Language Understanding technology for routing incoming user utterances to an appropriate skill or to subsequent language processing service such as LUIS or QnA Maker.
  • Cloud adapter (preview, .NET only): a bot adapter that supports hosting a bot in any cloud environment.

Insiders: Want to try new features as soon as possible? You can download the nightly Insiders build [C#] [JS] [Python] [CLI] and try the latest updates as soon as they are available. And for the latest Bot Framework news, updates, and content, follow us on Twitter @msbotframework!

Documentation updates

Following feedback from customers and the Bot Framework Support team, a number of documents were created or updated. These are helpful towards providing answers and information relating to recurring issues from bot developers.

  • Expanded code comment documentation in the SDK repositories.
  • Improved READMEs in the samples and SDK repositories.
  • New and updated documents addressing recurring bot developer issues:
    • Updated and expanded the conceptual and how-to articles for adaptive dialogs.
    • Updated and reorganized the authentication and security articles.
    • Updates to the Bot Framework Composer documentation.
    • Issue fixes and general documentation improvements to response generation, Cognitive Services, adaptive expressions, skills, channels, and other topics.
    • The SDK v3 documentation has been removed from the main doc set and is available on the previous versions site.

Additional information

  • You can see previous announcements in the archived information.
  • See the Bot Framework SDK release notes for more information about the changes made to the SDK in the 4.11 release.