WebConference with AWS Chime

Haven’t heard about this service right!!! Well, it’s not much popular service by Amazon, but I would say it’s super cheap web conferencing solution which has a feature which is minimalistic for basic web conferencing solution.

Let’s begin with its features, and then later we will be going through signup and product walkthrough.

Features :

  • Secure & easy to use interface
  • Mobile (IOS & Android) and Desktop (Windows & MAC) Support.
  • Online Meeting
  • Video Conferencing.
  • Voice Calls to GSM/Extension and Chat.
  • Screen Sharing and content sharing.
  • Close integration with Alexa for business.
  • Crystal clear audio and HD video.
  • Video conferencing for up to 16 people on your desktop, or 8 people on mobile devices, with easy-to-see video tiles displayed on your screen.
  • Chat Rooms availability.
  • Integration with on-premise Active Directory.

Sign-up and UI

Login to aws management console, if you have not registered for awsfree tier account than please do so using this blog post.

Once you are in the console, navigate to “Business Productivity” then click in “Amazon Chime”. This will pop up in a different browser tab. Once you are in chime console, please follow below screenshot.

  • Click on New account

  • Name the Account

  • Click on the newly created account invite a new User. A User can be anyone either yourself, Gmail or any other email user or if Active Directory is integrated then a user can be AD user.

  • You will receive invitation similar to below

  • Once you accept the invitation, the browser will redirect you to either join the meeting or download the Chime desktop/IOS/Android client. Whichever way you need to choose please select.

  • I have chosen to install the desktop client. Once you have finished installing the desktop client you will be able to sign in using your email address and password which you will choose during signup

  • From this screen, you can able to invite other users to chat, video conferencing, screen sharing, instant meeting. By default, you will be signed up for PLUS account as Trail for 30 DAYS. Once 30 Days are over you will be shifted on Free subscription i.e. Basic.

Still few things lack as compared to the products which are the pioneer in web conferencing solution. But for a very low-cost Amazon is offering such a nice and economic conferencing solution.

Enjoy conferencing

Tushar Bhavsar

AWS Solution Architect Associate.

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