Skype has a brand new rival, say hello to Amazon Chime

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Online retailer Amazon has launched a brand new messaging and video calling service, called Chime.

As well as offering video chat, VOIP calls, conference calling and instant messages, Chime also supports sending and receiving files, including PDFs and screenshots.

Amazon says the aim of Chime is to help simplify communications between teams and individuals in the workplace.

Amazon Chime is available on iOS, Android, Mac and Windows.

The firm says the app will work seamlessly across all devices, and has been designed to work especially well on smartphones for people on the move.

Chime lets you chat with up to 16 people on desktop or 8 people from a smartphone.

“You can use Amazon Chime for online meetings, video conferencing, voice calls, chat, and to share content, all from the same easy-to-use app. Meetings start on time because they’re easy to join – meetings call you and you can join with a single tap”, Amazon said.

Amazon has also highlighted the security benefits of using Amazon Chime, which uses AES 256-bit encryption on all calls, messages, video and uploaded content.

To use Amazon Chime Basic, which only offers one to one calls, is free of charge.

Amazon Prime Plus, which allows group calls and screen sharing costs $2.50 per month.

Amazon Chime Pro, adds video meetings for up to 100 people, as well as host of other features for $15 per month.

You can download Amazon Chime here

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