Amazon Chime Is Here to Take On Skype, Other Video Conference Apps

Amazon is taking on Skype and other online conferencing services with its own video chat solution.

Amazon claims that the service offers "crystal clear audio and high definition video" thanks to the bandwidth and robust servers provided by Amazon Web Services. It's described as "a new unified communications service that makes meetings easier and more efficient than ever before", and it looks an bad lot like a direct competitor with Skype. Called Amazon Chime, the service is available on all major platforms - iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac - and offers users voice calls, video calls, text chats, and screen sharing, among other features. The service is available in three editions. Also, joining the meeting is dead simple, as Chime pings all users about the video call and they can accept the invitation at just the click of a button - no PIN required.

"It's pretty hard to find people who like the technology they use for meetings today".

"Amazon Chime delivers frustration-free meetings, allowing users to be productive from anywhere", said Gene Farrell, VP of Enterprise Applications at AWS. Plus, an icon shows who is speaking as well as the source of any background noise. and then lets participants mute one another's lines to reduce that noise from disrupting the call. So, when it's time for your meeting, Amazon Chime will call you, if you'd like, eliminating the need for you to punch in those access sequences. A Pro Plan allows screen sharing for up to 100 users and includes unlimited Voice over IP (VoIP) for $15 per user per month.

There's also a traditional chatroom element to the app that allows users to message with people, inside or outside of the organisation.

Each meeting has a virtual roster showing who joined and who's running late, which is a great way to keep track of everyone.

It is yet to see whether users will appreciate the new video conferencing tool as much as the company is expecting.

When in a meeting, anyone can share their screen, instantly, without asking a host to 'pass the ball, ' or jump to a different application.

Sharing made easy: Amazon Chime makes it easy to collaborate. Users can now get a free trial of the Pro version for a period of 30 days after which they will either have to purchase the subscription of either Plus (at $2.50 per month) or Pro ($15 per month) continue with the free Basic version. The company, which was founded in 1818, has rolled out Chime to 90 percent of its corporate staff.

  • Patricia Jimenez