Skill connections in Alexa

Amazon announced yesterday that developers will be able to start a request in one skill, then have it fulfilled in another. The feature is officially called Skills Connections and is in Preview. As part of the blog post announcement Amazon outlined examples of connections available like printing by HP and schedule a reservation by OpenTable and later schedule a taxi reservation by Uber. It’s a way to pass information between skills to simplify customer tasks. For now users can only use printing with HP, Uber and OpenTable reservations.

Skill Connections is launching into a developer preview. This is highly expected and I’m sure will be highly regarded by developers and users.

What is the biggest take from this feature? For me is marketing. Once more skills can invoke others, imagine the ramifications, you could directly pass from a game to sponsor skill content and then back to your game again, providing a medium for both brands and developers of awareness and monetization. From all the latest announcements the Alexa team has made recently, this is set to have the biggest impact in skills discoverability. Keep a close eye on this one and the first applications built with it.

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