This virtual agent
will help students at American universities become familiar with Microsoft Live@edu, a no-charge suite of online communication and collaboration tools for students, staff and alumni. The chatbot
facilitates a competition that is part of Microsoft's campaign to promote the company's services for educational institutions.
By adding firstname.lastname@example.org as a contact in Windows Live Messenger, students can begin communicating with the chatbot and participate in the competition. Students will then receive a new question about Live@edu each day until an incorrect answer is received. The student with the longest chain of correct answers is eligible to win a variety of prizes including an Xbox 360. By participating in the contest, students not only have an opportunity to win great prizes, but also gain familiarity with the features of Microsoft Live@edu.