Amazon today announced a new member of their business-oriented AWS subsidiary called Chime which basically works just like Skype for Business. It allows you to have a both video and audio calls with basic features, while premium members will have access to benefits including up to 100 participants, screen sharing, call recording, and more.
Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced Amazon Chime, a new unified communications service that makes meetings easier and more efficient than ever before. With AmazonChime, customers can start high-quality video and audio meetings with one-click, allowing customers to host or join a meeting, chat, and share content and screens with a seamless, synchronized experience across desktops, iOS, and Android devices. To get started with Amazon Chime, visit https://chime.aws.
Chime is currently available for free download on iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows and is free to use for up to two people at once. For $2.50 per month per user, you’ll have access to screen sharing and a corporate directory but still for only two people. The plan Amazon hopes many will take advantage of is the $15/month/user tier which allows you to have up to 100 participants in a call at once, share screens, record calls, schedule conferences, set custom join URLs, and more. Of course, for a big company, that cost may shoot all the way up to $1500 per month just so you can communicate with employees, so Amazon is definitely not that concerned with pricing at least for now.
Of course, since Amazon is dealing in so late in the game, it’s likely that businesses already depend on services like Microsoft Office and Skype for Business, Cisco’s WebEx platform, or even something like Slack to communicate. Therefore, corporations will probably need to have already been invested in Amazon’s ecosystem to really appreciate what the company has to offer. Otherwise, we may never see Chime grow to its full potential.