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Now you can Create Custom Alexa Skills Online with Amazon Skill Blueprints

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Amazon is making it easier than ever to create your own custom Alexa skills. The company introduced Alexa Skill Blueprints this week, a new way to create your own personalized skills and responses for Alexa.

By using a set of easy-to-use templates, now anyone can create customized experiences for Alexa within minutes. All you have to do is start filling in the blanks on the company’s website. Whether it’s your own answer to the question “Alexa, who is the best mom in the world?” or a skill that offers helpful information for the babysitter, “Alexa, open My Sitter,” Alexa Skill Blueprints allow you to build experiences into Alexa that are personalized to you and help make Alexa even more useful around your home. The skills you create are specially designed for you and your family, and will only appear on the devices registered to your Amazon account.

“Alexa Skill Blueprints is an entirely new way for you to teach Alexa personalized skills just for you and your family,” said Steve Rabuchin, Vice President, Amazon Alexa. “You don’t need experience building skills or coding to get started—my family created our own jokes skill in a matter of minutes, and it’s been a blast to interact with Alexa in a totally new and personal way.”

Using Alexa Skill Blueprints is as easy as filling in the blanks. You can have fun customizing responses to questions like “Alexa, what is the best city?” or “Alexa, who has the best sense of humor?” You can also use Skill Blueprints to create an interactive adventure story with your child as the lead character, “Alexa, start Anna’s Story,” or create a skill to poke fun at Dad’s corny one liners, “Alexa, open Dad’s Jokes.” The skills and responses you create with Alexa Skill Blueprints will be available instantly on the devices associated with your account.

To get started with Alexa Skill Blueprints, select your blueprint template by visiting the Alexa Skill Blueprints website where you can browse more than 20 Skill Blueprints across four categories including Fun & Games, At Home, Storyteller, and Learning & Knowledge. Each blueprint comes with pre-filled content that can be used as-is or customized as you like. Then with just one click, your skill will be available on all Alexa-enabled devices associated with your Amazon account. There is no limit to the number of skills you can create.