Amazon Chime is a new communication service by Amazon that supports video conferencing, calls, chat, and the sharing of content.
The product is available for devices running Windows and Mac OS X, and for the mobile operating systems Android and iOS, and as an online version that you can use device-independent.
Data is automatically synced regardless of device that you are using to access Amazon Chime.
Amazon users may sign in to the application using their account, or separate their Amazon shopping account from Amazon Chime if they prefer to do so.
It is furthermore possible to join meetings without an account by entering the meeting ID in the Amazon Chime application.
Amazon Chime is on AWS. Amazon notes that content -- messages, voice, video and other data -- is encrypted using AES 256-bit encryption.
As far as features are concerned, there are plenty available right now:
Chime apps are supported on the following operating systems officially:
Check out the getting started help page for information on making your first steps in Chime.
Amazon Chime offers three different plans. The Basic plan is free, while Plus and Pro are both subscription based.
|Calls & meetings|
|1:1 Video calls||X||X||X|
|1:1 Voice calls||X||X||X|
|Remote Desktop Control||X||X|
|Schedule and host meetings (attendees are always free)||X|
|Personalized meeting URLs||X|
|Conference room video systems||X|
|Join meetings using a standard phone line*|
|Active Directory integration||X||X|
|Message history||30 days||Up to 1GB/user||Up to 1GB/user|
The free plan is limited to one on one chats, voice calls and video calls, and the message history is only kept for a maximum of 30 days.
Amazon Chime Plus is available for $2.50 per month per user. It adds screen sharing and remote desktop control to Chime, IT administrative features, and up to 1 Gigabyte of storage for a user's message history.
Amazon Chime Pro can be tried for free for 30 days. Chime users may then subscribe to Plus or Pro plans, or use the free Basic plan instead.
Is Amazon Chime a Skype competitor? It surely looks like it is. There is a free version that should be sufficient for many home use scenarios, and two subscription versions for corporations who require more functionality.
Now You: What is your initial opinion of Amazon Chime?
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