Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework) vs. Intercom

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)
Score 7.4 out of 10
N/A
Microsoft offers the Azure Bot Service (replacing the former Microsoft Bot Framework), a managed bot building platform, which provides an integrated environment that is purpose-built for bot development, enabling you to build, connect, test, deploy, and manage intelligent bots, all from one place.N/A
Intercom
Score 8.8 out of 10
N/A
Intercom is an AI-first customer service platform that enhances the customer experience and improves operational efficiency, built on a single AI system with three major components: AI Agent, AI Copilot and AI Analyst (coming soon) to deliver customer service.
$39
per month per seat
Pricing
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Editions & Modules
No answers on this topic
Essential
$39
per month per seat
Advanced
$99
per month per seat
Expert
$139
per month per seat
The Early Stage program
From $65 for 5 support seats
per month
Proactive Support Plus add-on
from $99
per month
Offerings
Pricing Offerings
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Free Trial
NoYes
Free/Freemium Version
NoNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
NoNo
Entry-level Setup FeeNo setup feeNo setup fee
Additional DetailsAI customer service features included in every plan. Intercom integrates Help desk, AI Chat bot, and Proactive support.
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Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Top Pros
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Features
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Incident and problem management
Comparison of Incident and problem management features of Product A and Product B
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)
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Ratings
Intercom
8.2
115 Ratings
4% above category average
Organize and prioritize service tickets00 Ratings8.4105 Ratings
Expert directory00 Ratings8.468 Ratings
Subscription-based notifications00 Ratings7.868 Ratings
ITSM collaboration and documentation00 Ratings8.575 Ratings
Ticket creation and submission00 Ratings8.3107 Ratings
Ticket response00 Ratings7.7113 Ratings
Self Help Community
Comparison of Self Help Community features of Product A and Product B
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)
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Ratings
Intercom
7.4
118 Ratings
4% below category average
External knowledge base00 Ratings7.5117 Ratings
Internal knowledge base00 Ratings7.3101 Ratings
Multi-Channel Help
Comparison of Multi-Channel Help features of Product A and Product B
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)
-
Ratings
Intercom
8.1
115 Ratings
6% above category average
Customer portal00 Ratings8.591 Ratings
IVR00 Ratings7.737 Ratings
Social integration00 Ratings7.270 Ratings
Email support00 Ratings8.8109 Ratings
Help Desk CRM integration00 Ratings8.482 Ratings
Best Alternatives
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Small Businesses
Intercom
Intercom
Score 8.8 out of 10
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Medium-sized Companies
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Agiloft Flexible Service Desk Suite
Score 9.0 out of 10
Enterprises
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Genesys DX (discontinued)
Score 10.0 out of 10
Salesforce Service Cloud
Salesforce Service Cloud
Score 8.8 out of 10
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User Ratings
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Likelihood to Recommend
8.7
(5 ratings)
9.1
(265 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
8.9
(19 ratings)
Usability
8.8
(2 ratings)
8.9
(173 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
8.8
(4 ratings)
7.0
(10 ratings)
Online Training
-
(0 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
-
(0 ratings)
7.5
(5 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
9.1
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
Azure Bot Service (Microsoft Bot Framework)Intercom
Likelihood to Recommend
Microsoft
It is suited for applications like computerizing messages, or any business thought that would require the entrepreneur to robotize their reactions, particularly assuming they are managing a ton of clients and they can't answer to every single one of them. It'd be the most ideal to computerize messages of enormous associations where the reactions measure up to the clients' assumptions. It would be less appropriate in associations where clients' viewpoints matter and every client is interesting and requires the association's consideration, where the specialist organization doesn't need to sum up the clients' interests.
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Intercom
Well suited for real time customer support needs - that's where it really shines. Well suited for proactive outreach and the ability to gather feedback from customers + surveys. Less appropriate for a non techie company to set it up, basically any sort of changes in integration have to be done by an engineer.
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Pros
Microsoft
  • Real-time communication.
  • Lightweight software protocols.
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Intercom
  • Intercom's ability to centralize customer communication is a game-changer.
  • Intercom's automation features have saved us time and streamlined workflows.
  • Help desk for users.
  • Intercom seamlessly integrates with a variety of other tools and platforms, enhancing its functionality and making it a central part of our tech stack.
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Cons
Microsoft
  • They have simplified the coding for the bot in Azure, but it would help if the coding was further simplified so that non-IT can operate [and] create it easily.
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Intercom
  • The AI tools should have a make shorter option
  • The research is difficult compared to other platforms such as Zendesk where it is easier to find stuff (accounts, emails, messages...)
  • I know that you could integrate better AI tools! The chatbot is amazing, so I'm just missing more AI tools to increase productivity
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Likelihood to Renew
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Intercom
We have been and will be continuing our journey with Intercom and nothing too concerning has happened that I have experienced or heard of that has us on the edge yet. If it ever happens it will be something along the lines of "Outgrowing" the use of need of the platform.
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Usability
Microsoft
Azure Bot Service provides an integrated environment for bot development. Microsoft Azure Cloud is fully compatible and its security features. It's more important to pay attention to the logic of business than the specifics of each messenger. We don't have any issues using the bot framework because the implementation is excellent.
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Intercom
Everything is very straightforward and easy to see, explore, and use. Intercom provides walkthroughs and helps guides in case something is not apparent to the user and has their agents available to help. I always feel confident when exploring new features or making changes that I can have it accomplished due to the service they provide.
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Reliability and Availability
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Intercom
always there
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Performance
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Intercom
works perfect
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Support Rating
Microsoft
Support is helpful when we have a problem, but online documentation is lacking
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Intercom
Intercom is the premier customer support/engagement model and it definitely has one of the top tier customer support teams as well. I don't think I have ever waited more than 5 minutes to get the information I need or get help with an issue. They are incredible and I aim to model our customer service department after them.
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Online Training
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Intercom
Easy to know the learning path
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Implementation Rating
Microsoft
No answers on this topic
Intercom
The implementation was surprisingly easy but we are having to adapt from our old process to work well with Intercom.
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Alternatives Considered
Microsoft
Microsoft Bot Framework is much better and well more established without a lot of proprietary software/coding language. Lex is very limited with integration with standard hardware and network configurations. Lex has performance issues and was too slow to meet near real-time collaboration requirements. Bot Framework complements many other Microsoft communication products and this was key to implementing without a lot of new training required.
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Intercom
We've used both Drift and Salesforce chat at Owl Labs in the past, and I didn't find them to meet our needs or customer needs the way Intercom has been able to. Intercom ranks higher for us regarding Integrations offered, customization, AI functionality, and user-friendliness. In the past, if chat visitors would click around our website, they'd have to start their chat over again from the start and lose their communication history with us. We also found that Salesforce chat did not have enough customization that we needed. One small example is that in Intercom, you can see when another teammate is looking at a chat and tag them in notes to collaborate. We didn't have access to anything like that when using Salesforce chat. Intercom has made it easy to work alongside one another to be more efficient.
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Return on Investment
Microsoft
  • Interfaces with the SQL data set, tracks down plans/replies, and tests them with the SDK.
  • Utilizing the system is made conceivable by the Bot Dev gateway. We can interface our bot in excess of ten channels, including Twilio Facebook, Twilio, Twilio, and Slack, and that's only the tip of the iceberg.
  • It is expensive.
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Intercom
  • I like how easy it is to spot the user data needed to assist our members.
  • Love how easy it is to link articles on the chat that will help both us and the customers.
  • I like that the sales force or the tickets is already connected on the chat
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ScreenShots

Intercom Screenshots

Screenshot of AI Agent - The agent resolves 50% of support volume.Screenshot of AI Copilot - A personal AI assistant for every support agent.Screenshot of Omnichannel inbox - AI-enhanced to increase productivity.Screenshot of Tickets - Intercom tickets are designed for collaboration so complex issues are resolved faster.Screenshot of Help Center -  The help center powers AI and self-serve support.Screenshot of Workflows - Automations are built using the Intercom no code visual builder.