Watson Conversation is moving from Experimental to General Availability

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Thank you for using Watson Conversation – Experimental. We hope you’ve enjoyed experimenting with our new service and are now ready to start adding a natural language interface to all your applications to automate interactions with your end users.

We’re excited to announce that Watson Conversation has moved from Experimental to General Availability (GA) on July 11, 2016.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • End of Experimental Support Date: August 11, 2016
  • On August 11, 2016, the Watson Conversation experimental service tile will be removed from the Bluemix catalog, and all instances will no longer function.
  • Existing instances will continue to be available to users through their Bluemix dashboard, and will continue to be supported by Watson Conversation until August 11, 2016.
  • Any instance still provisioned as of the End of Experimental Support Date will be deleted.
  • Users are therefore asked to export their Watson Conversation experimental workspace and import it to GA using the tooling.
  • Please see the instructions on how to import your experimental workspace to GA.

Examples of what Watson Conversations can do for you

As explained in the brief video below, you can use Watson Conversation for common applications such as chat bots and virtual agents that can integrate and communicate on any channel or device:

You train Watson Conversation service through an easy-to-use web application, designed so you can quickly build natural conversation flows between your apps and users, and deploy scalable, cost effective solutions. Below are other examples of what you can do with the Watson Conversation service:

  • Build Twitter, Slack, and other messaging and social network platform bots that interact instantly with your followers.
  • Incorporate state-of-the-art natural language and intent understanding to interact with your users.
  • Add a chat bot to your website that automatically responds to your customers’ most frequently asked questions.

Looking for ways to engage users with your apps? Try Watson Conversation!

We look forward to your continued suggestions to help us further build out the service in GA. Engage with other developers and ask your questions on our devWorks forum.

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