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Alexa Skill with Azure Functions – Messaging

In the previous Alexa post I talked about building a List skill to integrate with a third-party list provider. This gives you a mechanism to react to changes in Alexa’s lists and write them to your external provider, but what about implementing a two-way sync? When you setup account linking for your skill the user […]

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Alexa List Skills with Azure Functions

When  I was building my Microsoft To-do Alexa skill I found Matteo’s series of blog posts on Alexa + Azure very useful. However I needed to go beyond the functionality described there and knew I’d need to delve deeper into the Alexa Skills Kit documentation. The first item I thought I’d blog about is the […]

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Talking About Tasks

Back in 2010 Microsoft released Windows Phone 7. It was a huge change from the Pocket PC/Windows Mobile OS which had preceded it and while it brought a modern UI and app-store infrastructure it missed a number of pieces of core functionality from the older phones. One of these was support for Tasks. I set […]

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Family Calendar with Amazon Echo

Update 15th February 2017 Alexa can now be paired with an Outlook.com account which means you no longer have to use this workaround.   We’ve used the “Family Room” feature from Windows Phone and although it’s been discontinued the shared Outlook.com calendar is still vital. We’ve got an Amazon Echo but when setting it up […]