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Amazon Launches Chime Video Conferencing and Chat Service

Amazon has launched its Chime communications service for Android, iOS, Windows and Mac. This Amazon Web Services offering is available to download on both desktop and mobile and allows users to do video conferencing, chat, calls, and share content.

The Amazon Chime service is meant to simplify meetings and allows users to join meetings with a single tap or click. It also provides notification to inform participants if they are running late, as per the company. Amazon describes that its service as "a communications service that transforms online meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. Amazon Chime works seamlessly across your devices so that you can stay connected. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. Amazon Chime frees you to work productively from anywhere."

As the chats and meetings are in sync, users can choose to join meetings from any device and even switch the device in between meetings if they have to, the company claims.

"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.

The Chime communication service is available 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.

Source: Amazon Chime
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