Amazon Launches ‘Chime’ Video Conferencing Service For Businesses
Amazon is not leaving any stone unturned to make sure that it is keeping up with the growing graph. In one of its latest moves, the company has now ventured into video-conferencing service, dubbed as "Chime." Based on the workings of other popular video-conferencing platforms like Skype, FaceTime, and others, Chime also provides chatting and video calling services.
Chime is primarily targeted for the Business folks, which is why it has a clean interface with professional tools. It has got plenty of interesting features under the hood, which includes a visual rooster who keeps track of who joined the call, who is late, and who has bailed out. Rooster is a nifty feature for knowing about the chat members and if one of the members is responsible for the annoying background noise - that particular participant can be muted by any member of the video chat group.
What else? The new Chime video-calling service by Amazon also allows screen-sharing that could come handy for discussing technical problems, especially for business folks. In addition to screen sharing, users can also share different content with the rest of the team. To make sure everybody joins the video meet on time, Chime notifies every member and connects them to the call with a single click. Chime can be accessed from desktop and Android smartphone. We expect Amazon to roll out the service for Apple devices soon.
Chime is available in three different subscriptions - Basic Edition, Plus Edition, and Pro Edition. The Basic Edition is one is the starting package as it allows users to use the service (messaging, voice and video call) for free. The Plus Edition includes user management feature that is priced at $2.50 per user/month, suitable for businesses; this tool helps in managing e-mails and other work tasks. Lastly, the Pro Edition is made for heavy users who want to hold meetings on the platform and use other features like screen sharing and video calls for up to 100 users, it costs $15 per month.
For the ones who want to try the Pro Edition for their business, the service is available for a 30-day trial so that you can decide if it's worth the sweat. Amazon's Chime is set to rival other business directed video-calling services like Skype for Business and WebEX by Cisco.