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The Alexa Skill Testing Tool for Developers

If you’re a developer interested in building Alexa skills and don’t have immediate access to an Alexa device at all times, there’s a couple options for you.

First, there’s the app and service that I talked about HERE recently. This is a great app to load on a smartphone or tablet running Android or iOS. I use it constantly on the go.

Now, there’s a new option that can be run in a web browser window. The Alexa Skill Testing Tool is based on SamMachin’s Alexa in the Browser project. Using this web-based tool, you can test Alexa’s capabilities, particularly after loading new skill functions.

Check it out here:

An Amazon login and access to your computer’s microphone is required.

The ability to push Alexa capabilities to a browser makes things a bit more interesting. As Microsoft has pushed to deliver Cortana to non-Microsoft platforms, this Alexa capability means even Windows 10 PCs can utilize Alexa’s services instead of Cortana’s. Obviously, Cortana’s integration is richer and tighter with Windows 10, but things change quickly.

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