trying to come up with a bot idea for Invasion of the Robots. the odd thing is the bot-building tools are all 3rd party SDKs (there are 3 to choose from). my original assumption would have been that MSN would provide the SDK. instead, you are supposed to use one of the bot SDKs and then mash it up with other MSN services.
er, um ... i actually wrote an MSN bot over 4 years ago : /msnBot. called 'evil mess'. it worked by going to a web page and sending an anonymous IM message to an MSN account. back then, you were able to send messages to an IM user without being on their friends list. so people would send really horrible messages like "your mother ...". the person on the receiving end would be like "who the hell are you?". then the Alice chat bot would kick in and say something like, "I'm Alice". and the conversation would continue. you can read some of the archives at the link above. it wasn't particularly useful ... but it was fun to see what questions people were asking the bot, and also how the bot would answer. the sad news is the bot ended up having for IM friends than me ...