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Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Alexa Skill Blueprints

The details here are a big deal.  Makes it easier.   Now add more intelligence features.  Real surprise in user value is important.  Content of value please.

Amazon expands Alexa Skill Blueprints to court brands and content creators   By Maria Deutscher

Amazon.com Inc. is making it easier for companies and content creators to engage consumers via the more than 100 million devices that run Alexa.

The company today released an update for Alexa Skill Blueprints, a feature originally released to let users personalize the voice assistant, that will enable companies to create and publish custom Alexa extensions without writing any code.

Amazon launched Skill Blueprints last year with the aim of allowing ordinary consumers to build their own extensions, or Skills, for their Alexa speakers. The feature provides access to extension templates that can be customized through a drag-and-drop interface. These templates provide the ability to harness Alexa for tasks such as tracking chores and enable users to create interactive voice content.

Until now, Skills built using blueprints were tied to specific accounts. The only way to share them was manually sending a link to each intended user. Today’s update adds the ability to publish extensions on the Alexa Skills Store and introduces four new templates geared towards organizations.  ... " 

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