With an increasingly remote workforce, more companies are jumping on the bandwagon to ensure collaboration within and beyond office walls. On the heels of this comes an announcement from Amazon that they have launched a product that competes directly with Google Hangouts and Skype--Amazon Chime.
- Amazon Chime is a new communications service that transforms meetings with a secure, easy-to-use application that you can trust. With Amazon Chime, you can conduct online meetings, call, chat,.
- If you’re away from your desktop or on a mobile device, Amazon Chime sends messages to your mobile app as push notifications. To start an instant meeting from a group chat, choose the phone icon in the upper-right corner to call everyone in the group.
What is Amazon Chime?
Amazon Chime allows you to create Chat Rooms to easily bring groups of people together to work on projects. @Username mentions allow you to alert the right people in the room, and you can share. To create a new account, enter the email address you use for scheduling meetings. Amazon Chime Home Amazon Chime Quick Actions Contacts Once logged in, the Chime dashboard makes messaging and collaboration easy. First, let’s click on Contacts. All menu options can be accessed two ways — choose from the menu options at the top-center of the page or Quick actions on the right.
Amazon Chime is described by Amazon as a 'modern, fully-managed communications service from AWS that makes it easy for you to communicate with people inside and outside your organization using voice, video, and chat.'
Chime is a collaborative meeting space that takes Skype and Hangouts to the next level, deriving inspiration from Slack with its mobile-friendly functionality. With Chime, users can screenshare from any device and experience face to face meetings without any necessary software to deploy.
Now available to all customers, its foundation upon Amazon Web Services means that Amazon is offering guarantees for efficiency, crystal clear audio, and high definition video. It is also build upon a secure infrastructure to ensure that even highly sensitive discussions are held in the strictest of confidence.
Why use it?
Amazon Chime is taking a key out of creating the best of what other services offer at this time by giving you the ability to seamlessly communicate whether in the office or on the go, clearly speaking to the necessity of having a global workforce. With one single app, one can video conference, chat on voice, share content, and chat. Instead of calling into a meeting, they call you, which means no delayed meetings (but we'll ignore the fact that not everyone can get to the meeting on time due to other obligations). Chime is also platform agnostic but there are apps for iOS, Android, Windows, and Mac, and no matter where you go, the chats are synchronized to whatever device you're using.
What does it cost?
Amazon describes Chime as being '1/3 the cost of traditional solutions.'
- A 'basic' plan is currently free for video calls for up to two people (1:1) and chat rooms on all devices.
- A 'Plus' plan is $2.50 per user per month that offers everything basic has plus screen sharing and utilization of a company's corporate directory.
- A 'Pro' plan takes all the features from 'basic' and 'plus' with video meetings for up to 100 people, meeting recordings, and personal meeting URLs.
Chime, like other Amazon services, operate on a 'pay as you go' model. Billing is per user and per month. A thirty day trial is available.
Too little too late?
One wonders what Amazon is doing bringing Chime into the wild years after Skype and Skype for Business have built a solid foundation in this market (and Google Hangouts to a lesser degree with the casual user). The answer might be this simple: we've got our Azure fans and our AWS fans. It was only a matter of time that Amazon came out with a product that challenged Skype for Business with Amazon's own proprietary technology on AWS.
But is this going to hurt Slack's Enterprise Grid? The concept of the Grid is very similar, save for video calling -- which might be coming later due to pressure from the competition. And the Grid's enterprise functionality is winning favor in the corporate space. I'm personally observing many companies utilizing Slack's Grid with calls.
Will Chime build momentum? What do you think? Sound off in the comments.
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Efficiently and securely communicate and collaborate with your team members, clients or other representatives in a business-orientated environment by relying on this Amazon service
Amazon Chime is a professional and comprehensive communication service for business-like environments, developed for hosting online meetings with colleagues, team members, or users from your organization as seamless as possible.
It's available for two of the most popular desktop platforms, namely Windows and macOS, as well as for iOS and Android, thus covering the basis of portability and accessibility pretty well.
Getting started with this Amazon Chime only requires you to download and install the app on your computer, sign-in using your official AWS account and undergo a simplistic verification procedure that requires checking your email and clicking a button. More details about all its basic functionality can be found in the dedicated section.
All your meetings, calls and chats within a single app, on all your devices
Straight from the get-go, everything feels well-thought-out. The UI is neatly organized, with features that are always within your reach, smooth transitions between sections, and even appropriately-picked colors.
Even though it might seem simple, the app is very well-equipped to help you run effective online meetings. It allows you to host video conferences for up to 15 users on the desktop clients and a maximum of 8 on mobile devices. You can effortlessly chat with users in single conversations or group chats, you can share files (drag and drop supported) or efficiently collaborate on projects via bespoke chat rooms.
Quality and security have not been overlooked
In a nutshell, it follows all the principles of most other full-stack communication apps, but it's the attention to details that is bound to differentiate Amazon Chime from others.
For starters, it's worth pointing out the service's strong focus on quality thanks to high-definition video optimization and noise-cancellation technology. Secondly, and just as important, is the security orientation, with standard AES-256 technologies used for encrypting messages, voice recordings, video streams and all the other content.
Take you online meetings to the next level with Amazon Chime
Finally, the best thing about Amazon Chime is definitely the way it allows you to manage online meetings via a set of extremely powerful features. You can effortlessly join meetings or simply create personal or one-time meetings, schedule meetings and instantly share them with users inside or outside your organization.
The cherry on top of the cake is the screen sharing feature that, not only works flawlessly, but it also packs everything you would expect regarding features, including a very interesting partial remote control option that allows you and your team members to use the same screen for prosperous collaboration.
Powerful, complete yet incredibly intuitive solution for running efficient online meetings
The aim was to provide users with a feature-packed, highly intuitive, and secure environment for their online meetings or business talks and, by the looks of it, Amazon has really nailed all three markers with Amazon Chime.
Filed underAmazon Chime was reviewed by Vladimir Ciobica
- 30 days trial for the Pro version
- After the 30 days trial expires you can use the Basic version but with the following features disabled: Screen sharing, Remote Desktop Control, Schedule and host meetings, Record meetings, Personalized meeting URLs, Conference room video systems, Join meetings using a standard phone line, Maximum attendees of two, User management, Usage reports, Active Directory integration, and Message History only for 30 days
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