Amazon Launches A New Alexa Skills Kit Developer Console In Beta

Amazon has announced a new Alexa Skill Kit Developer Console as a Beta release.

Amazon has announced a new Alexa Skill Kit Developer Console in a Beta release which helps in creating, managing, and publishing Alexa skills to developers. The new user interface of the developer's console makes the navigation easier on Skill Builder and Test Simulator (beta).
The company also mentions some key improvements in the new Beta Version as –
  1. The Build page provides a visual interface for creating intents, slots, sample utterances, and the dialog model. These components are the next iteration of the skill builder.
  2. The Test page allows you to interact with your skill using voice or text, and to test single utterances, multi-turn dialogs, and device renderings. These capabilities are a native part of the new console. The Test Your Skill page provides more details.
  3. Use the Launch page to preview how your skill will appear in the skill store and prepare it for submission. When you are ready to submit, the page displays common validation errors and guides you on what actions to take to resolve the errors before you submit. It also allows you to create and publish private skills for use with Alexa for Business. Previously, publishing private skills required the use of the Alexa Skills Kit Command Line Interface (CLI).
  4. You can now navigate to the Measure page directly from the developer console. In addition to statistics on sessions, unique customers, and utterances, it includes new cohort analysis that you can use to visualize customer retention and engagement metrics of your skills over time.
To learn more about the console you can watch this overview video –
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This is a great step from Amazon to make developers happy by redesigning the console. The company also says that there are some features which are not supported yet in the beta version, and also asks for the feedback on the new beta.
To go through the unsupported features of this Beta version, you can visit the official Amazon Alexa Blog