Amazon's Alexa Skills Developer Console gets its biggest redesign since launch

Amazon's Alexa Skills Developer Console gets its biggest redesign since launch
From TechCrunch - February 15, 2018

Amazon today is rolling out the biggest makeover for its Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console the console where voice app developers create their skillssince its debut back in 2015. The new console has been redesigned with a focus on improving developer workflows, says Amazon. It now offers separate sections for build, test, launch, and measuremeaning developers can create skills in a visual interface, test their performance, push them live, then see how consumers respond in order to make adjustments.

The redesign comes at a time when a number of third-party companies have stepped in to address issues that Amazons own toolset has been lacking. For example, Sayspring created a visual interface for designers to prototype their voice apps ahead of coding, and YC-backed Storyline allows for Alexa skill development without coding.

While Amazons own developer console doesnt address those exact same use cases, there is a bigger emphasis on visualizing the flow of the conversation with Alexa than in the previous version.

Now, developers will have a visual interface for creating skill components, likeintents, slots, sample utterances, and the dialog model.

Afterwards, they can test their skill in the console using either voice or textincluding multi-turn dialogwhile seeing the conversation play out in the left-hand sidebar.

The Launch page will help developers address common validation errors, and offers support for publishing private skills for Alexa for Business. (Before, these business skills could only be published using the Alexa Skills Kit Command Line Interface.)

And in Measure, developers can track metrics around sessions, utterances, unique customers, and now, cohort analysis, too. This will help them better understand their customer retention and engagement over time.

Above: The old and new experience, side-by-side


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