Earlier this week, Amazon announced that it’s integrating new features into Alexa, which allows developers of skills to make it sound more expressive and human.

Amazon’s digital assistant now supports Speech Synthesis Markup Language (SSML), which allows developers to control the tone, timing, and emotion of its voice. If the developer chooses, Alexa will now whisper, emphasize, and even bleep inappropriate words.

“These SSML features provide a more natural voice experience,” Amazin says.

Human-sounding voices will definitely go a long way towards making Alexa one of the most personalized personal assistants.

But Alexa’s Speech Synthesis Markup Language isn’t something that’s going to be integrated within. It’s something that skill developers can use, for their own better experience.

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