Cloud giant Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS
) has launched ‘Amazon Chime’ - a new “unified communications service” which is likely to compete with services like Microsoft’s Skype and Cisco’s Spark. AWS is part of the Amazon Group of companies and has headquarters in Seattle, Washington, United States. The company is the leading cloud provider and its cloud-based services include compute, storage, databases, analytics, networking, mobile, developer tools, management tools, security and enterprise applications. The company also offers Internet of Things (IoT) options. By offering Amazon Chime the company aims to provide a service that “delivers frustration-free meetings with exceptional video and audio quality”.
Amazon Chime will offer “one-click” high-quality video and audio meetings that allow users to “host or join a meeting, chat, and share content and screens with a seamless, synchronized experience across desktops, iOS, and Android devices”. The solution addresses the need for unified communications in business and Amazon Chime aims to improve on the “clunky and hard to use” solutions that are currently available.
Amazon Chime also aims to avoid the need to “toggle between several different tools” for voice calls, video conferencing, screen sharing, or instant messaging”. The solution “calls all participants when a meeting starts so joining a meeting is as easy as clicking a button in the app, no PIN required”. Users can join meetings from any location via Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows apps. According to AWS, Amazon Chime is also “one-third the cost of traditional solutions”. Early adopters of the solution include companies like Brooks Brothers, Level 3, and Vonage.
“It’s pretty hard to find people who actually like the technology they use for meetings today. Most meeting applications or services are hard to use, deliver bad audio and video, require constant switching between multiple tools to do everything they want, and are way too expensive,” explained the Vice President, Enterprise Applications, AWS, Gene Farrell. “Amazon Chime delivers frustration-free meetings, allowing users to be productive from anywhere. And with no ongoing maintenance or management fees, Amazon Chime is a great choice for companies that are looking for a solution to meetings that their employees will love to use.”Do you know of any other companies introducing new solutions? Let us know the details. Add your comments below.