Amazon launches Chime video conferencing and chat service

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As a part of its Amazon Web Services, Amazon has launched its Chime communications service that will enable users to do video conferencing, place calls, chat and share content.

Amazon says that Chime simplifies meetings allowing users to join meetings with a single tap or click. The service also notifies participants of the meetings if they are running late for a scheduled meeting.

“Amazon Chime automatically reconnects you if you get dropped. Crystal clear audio and HD video keep you focused on the discussion,” Amazon wrote in service description on its website.

Because the chats and meetings are in sync, you can choose to join meetings from any device and even switch the device in between meetings if they have to, Amazon says.

“You don’t need to switch between applications to collaborate. Instantly go from a chat to a call, share your screen, and even invite more people, with a simple click or tap, all in the same application,” Amazon added.

In terms of security, Amazon says that all the communications are encrypted and the chat history is not even saved on the device.

Amazon has launched the Chime communication service in three models, i.e. Basic, Plus, and Pro. Users can currently 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 Basic version of the app allows video calls for up to 2 people, chat, and chat rooms. Apart from the features offered with Basic version, Plus version additionally provides screen sharing and using users’ own corporate directory. The Pro version provides everything that Plus version provides and video meetings for up to 100 people and personal meeting URLs.

Amazon Chime will be directly competing against apps like Microsoft Skype, which has been available for quite some time in this space.

The service is available to both desktop and mobile users. Amazon Chime is available for Android, iOS, Windows, and Mac platforms as of now.

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