Amazon announces partnership with communications company Slack, which will adopt AWS video conferencing technology

Beijing time on June 5, the morning news, according tomedia reports, Amazon and communications software company Slack is deepening cooperation. Under the new partnership announced Thursday, all Amazon employees will have access to Slack’s workplace communications tools. Slack is also tapping into Amazon Web Services (AWS, Amazon Web Services) technology, updating video conferencing capabilities to take advantage of AWS services called Chime.

Amazon announces partnership with communications company Slack, which will adopt AWS video conferencing technology

Microsoft’s team communications service has become more popular in recent months than Slack’ as many companies and schools seek software for remote meetings during the new crown outbreak. Amazon’s alliance with Slack could put the two companies on the same level as Microsoft.

While many companies work from home, Slack’s business growth remained stable and did not grow during the outbreak. Earlier Thursday, Slack disclosed the company’s first-quarter results, and the company’s shares fell 15 percent after the session.

Amazon’s dealings with Slack have a long history. Since Amazon launched Amazon Web Services (AWS) in 2014, Slack has been running on its platform and has relied on AWS to meet other needs during the outbreak.

Slack said the new agreement was independent of Slack’s cloud service contract, but declined to give specific terms. On Thursday, a document revealed that Slack will pay AWS at least $425 million for a five-year partnership period, up from at least $250 million by April 2025, compared with the previously promised partnership period to 2023.

Some of Amazon’s teams are already using Slack, but the partnership will include all employees. Amazon is the second-largest private-sector employer in the United States, with more than 840,000 full-time and part-time employees in the first quarter.

Amazon announces partnership with communications company Slack, which will adopt AWS video conferencing technology