Amazon has announced Chime, an enterprise class video conferencing service. The new tool is positioned to take on Microsoft’s Skype for Business and Cisco’s WebEx service by promising to make communication between colleagues seamless. The service is available as a free iOS, Android, Mac, and Windows app. The cost is free for basic one-on-one meetings, but moves up to $2.50 per user per month for additional features like screen sharing and $15 per user per month for meetings with more than two attendees and access to all available features.
I tend not to cover AWS and Amazon’s enterprise news, but I’m writing about this service mostly because Amazon’s business tools tend to have a way of eventually trickling down to their consumer products. The question of whether it’s possible to connect a webcam to a Fire TV for living room video calls comes up regularly during the Q&A portion of the AFTVnewscast. Perhaps Amazon Chime will someday find its way into a future Fire TV model or that rumored Echo with a built-in screen that’s supposed to come out this year.