Amazon has launched a new video conferencing service called Chime. It’s basically the company’s answer to Skype for Business, WebEx, GotoMeeting, and other enterprise software that allows multiple participants to join a conference from anywhere using computers, tablets, or phones.
There are Windows, Mac, iOS, and Android apps for Amazon Chime, and there’s a Chime Basic service that anyone can use to make one-on-one voice or video calls or participate in a meeting hosted by someone else.
Business customers who want to hold online meetings with larger groups will have to pay.
Plans start at $2.50 per user per month and top out at $15 per user per month.
Paid accounts also offer additional features including user management tools and screen sharing.
One feature that helps set Amazon Chime apart from other video conferencing services is a visual list of participants that lets you know where background noise is coming from, and which allows each participant to mute noisy connections. In other words, you don’t need to wait for a conference moderator to mute that one person who has a TV on in the background or who has a noisy keyboard that clicks audibly as that person takes notes.