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How to Build Custom Alexa Skills for the Amazon Echo
2018-04-20T19:44:13Z - Lauren Goode / Wired
Alexa's voice skills often require super specific queries, and until Amazon started paying attention to the discovery process, taking the time to find new skills felt like a non-essential burden. Yesterday the company rolled out a tool called Blueprints, which helps anyone—even non-coders—build custom skills for their Echos. You can also leave custom voice message for people, like an incoming houseguest or a pet sitter. Those verbal gymnastics can make it difficult to use the skills you've created. Amazon says engagement with Alexa skills grew more than 50 percent from January 2017 to January 2018, and that there are more than 40,000 skills currently available.

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