Amazon Introduces Chime for Virtual Meeting Management
Is there anything Amazon can’t do? Tech, publishing, e-commerce, you name it and Amazon most likely has a service for it. The company has now thrown its hat into the video conferencing and virtual meeting management rings as well, with the introduction of its new Chime offering.
Rumors about Amazon’s new service have been circulating for months now, ever since the company acquired San Francisco-based Biba Systems. Back in November, the contributor who discussed the Biba acquisition speculated that Amazon could use this to its advantage in one of two ways. The first option was to use the technology as a tool to give companies instant inter-departmental communication or video conferencing on their mobile devices. The second option was to offer it as a value-added service for its Amazon Web Services (AWS) to benefit the many companies that are looking for a new video communications solution.
Now that Chime is officially here, it looks like both predictions were correct. The new video conferencing and communications tool from AWS offers VoIP calling and video messaging, along with virtual meetings. Business users can now host or join a remote meeting through Chime, which has a variety of pay structures to choose from. Pricing starts at $2.50 per user per month, and goes up to $15 per user. There’s also a free version that is limited to video calls and chat rooms between two users. Essentially, you get what you pay for, with the $15 option offering video and screen-sharing, among other features.
For a long time, Skype for Business has been heralded as one of the best video conferencing and communications platforms to use. However, as an article from TechCrunch point out, its status at the top may be in jeopardy as Chime looks to dethrone it and continue Amazon’s streak of offering impressive solutions. Skype isn’t the only competitor in trouble, though. This move also brings AWS into the virtual meeting management space, which makes it a potential threat to other popular companies like GoToMeeting. With companies constantly looking for the next best thing in communications, competitors are going to have to up their games in order to keep up with Amazon.
Edited by Maurice Nagle