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Alexa Test Simulator Simplifies Alexa Skill Testing

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Dec 18, 2017

The new Alexa Test Simulator, now available in beta, allows developers to test most functionality in their skills without a device. Additionally, Amazon has announced improved support for automated skill testing.

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AWS re:Invent Day 2 Keynote Announcements: Alexa for Business, Cloud9 IDE & AWS Lambda Enhancements

by Daniel Bryant Follow 703 Followers on  Dec 01, 2017

At the second keynote of the AWS re:invent 2017 conference, running in Las Vegas, Werner Vogels, CTO of Amazon, took to the stage to announce several new product releases: Alexa for Business; AWS Cloud9 IDE; and multiple enhancements to the AWS Lambda service, including traffic shifting, the doubling of available RAM, and a pre-announcement of .NET Core 2 and Golang language support.

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Amazon Alexa Skill CLI and Management API to Streamline Development

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Sep 11, 2017

Amazon has announced a new API and command-line tool to make it possible to create, update, test, and submit Alexa skills.

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Developing Skills for Amazon Echo Show

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Jul 02, 2017

The recently introduced Amazon Echo Show provides developers new opportunities to develop skills that integrate voice control, visual feedback, and tactile input. David Isbitski, Amazon chief evangelist for Alexa, summarized the key points of developing Alexa skills for the Echo Show.

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Amazon Lex Now Generally Available to Enable Conversational Interfaces

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Apr 24, 2017

Amazon Lex, the platform behind Amazon Alexa, is now generally available to create voice-powered chatbots and mobile, web, and desktop apps.

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Amazon Improves Beta Testing for Alexa Skills

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Apr 21, 2017

Amazon has announced a new testing tool to allow developers to make their Alexa skills available to closed groups of beta testers before they are published.

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Hosting Alexa Skills on AWS is Almost Free Now

by Sergio De Simone Follow 14 Followers on  Mar 18, 2017

Amazon has announced a program to subsidize the hosting of Alexa skills that use AWS Lambda and incur use charges beyond what is provided by the AWS free tier. Only developers having at least one skill live are eligible to apply.

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Microsoft Launches Cloud Bot-as-a-Service Platform

by Kent Weare Follow 10 Followers on  Dec 28, 2016 1

This past November, Microsoft launched, what it is calling, the Industry’s First Cloud Bot-as-a-Service platform. The Azure Bot Service is powered by the Microsoft Bot Framework and has a serverless compute back-end built on Azure Functions. Using the Bot service allows developers to build conversational applications that plug into many popular chat applications.

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