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January 05, 2018

Paul Cutsinger

Last year we released more than 100 products, programs, features, and tools in the Alexa Skills Kit (ASK)—from new additions to the Echo family of devices, to new monetization opportunities, to new and improved developer tools. Here are the highlights. 

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December 19, 2017

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Echo Spot is now shipping to customers in the US. Create engaging experiences using the interactive touch display on Echo Spot.

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December 14, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

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We are happy to announce the next evolution of our testing tools for Alexa skill developers. Now you can use the Test Simulator (Beta) to test your Alexa skill without owning a device.

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November 30, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

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Today, Amazon announced Alexa for Business from Amazon Web Services. Alexa for Business is a service that makes it easy for organizations to use Alexa in the workplace. This opens up new opportunities for Ask skills developers to build skills that help organizations and employees use Alexa to get more done in less time.

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November 29, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

You now have more ways to earn money with your Alexa skills through in-skill purchasing and Amazon Pay. These features are currently available in developer preview, and will be available broadly in 2018.

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October 06, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

What makes a skill engaging for customers, and what keeps customers coming back over time? Learn the qualities of top-performing skills that see the highest consistent customer engagement.  

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September 07, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today AWS announced that developers can now export their Amazon Lex chatbot schema into an Alexa-compatible format for use in an Alexa skill.  This enables developers to offer users even more ways to interact with Amazon Lex powered conversational chatbots.

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September 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today we announced that developers can now programmatically manage and test their skills with the Alexa Skill Management API (SMAPI) and the Alexa Skills Kit Command-line Interface (ASK CLI), new features in the Alexa Skills Kit. 

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September 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Today we are excited to announce that developers can now programmatically manage and test their skills with the Alexa Skill Management API (SMAPI) and the Alexa Skills Kit Command-line Interface (ASK CLI), new features in the Alexa Skills Kit.

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August 16, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

Developers can earn money for the most engaging Alexa skills across more skill categories. Each month, developers of eligible skills with the highest customer engagement in the US, UK, and Germany are paid by Amazon. 

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August 15, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

With the release of the Echo Show, you can complement your voice user experiences with visuals. In this post, we’ll cover scenarios where you want to offer a list of options on Echo Show using one of the list templates.

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July 18, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

When designing your skill to work on Echo Show, choose one of the available templates based on the interaction pattern you plan to use. Each template maps to a pattern or scenario for an optimal customer experience.

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June 05, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

We're excited to share the Amazon Alexa Voice Design Guide, a resource built on the experiences of the Amazon Alexa team, the skill builder community, and established industry practices.

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May 31, 2017

Paul Cutsinger

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Today we’re excited to share that this feature now includes usage information about your smart home skills and flash briefings.

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