Amazon have been busy recently and today announced that they have launched Amazon Chime, a video networking system where you can easily communicate with each other via multiple devices.
On the official website, they give a detailed explanation as to what Chime is:
Amazon Chime is a modern, secure unified communications service that makes meetings easier and more efficient than ever before. You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, calls, chat, and to share content, both inside and outside your organization. With easy-to-use apps available for Android, iOS, Mac, and Windows, meetings and chats are always synchronized, you can join meetings from any device, and you can switch seamlessly between devices anytime – even in the middle of a meeting. Amazon Chime is a service offered by Amazon Web Services, where security is the highest priority, so you can feel confident you’re communicating securely.
Whether or not people will move to it is debatable. The amount of software tools out there that allow conference calling is large and includes heavyweights such as Skype, Google Hangouts, WebEx, Zoom and uberconference. Not to mention consumer products such as Whatsapp and Messenger which offer video calling on a small scale.
On a wider topic it seems Amazon are launching anything and everything these days. No longer is this just a company that sells books online. They have gone from shopping to web services, brick and mortar supermarkets, drone delivery.
Already they have surpassed the number of employees that Google and Microsoft have and look to grow even further with their new ventures.