One of the prominent platforms used for video conferencing amid lockdown ‘Google Meet’ is set to limit meetings no longer than 60 minutes from September 30 in the free version. The tech giant went with the 60-minute timeline which they announced in April, but with more and more people engulfed to work from home, they have decided to truncate the free-limit.
Writing an email to “The Verge”, a Google spokesperson said, “We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.”
Conferencing platforms have been chasing the meteoric rise of Zoom, but Google Meet has been a close competitor of the former. Under its current extension, a Google account holder could create free meetings with up to 100 people, without any limits what so ever.
Apart from this, The Verge has also reported that the deadline of September 30 is also applicable to other features like the access of advanced features like G Suite and G Suite for Education customers, which includes allowing meeting for up to 250 participants, save the meeting recordings to Google Drive, live streams of up to 1,00,000 people within a single domain. However, the aforementioned features are available only to customers on the “enterprise” tier of G Suite that costs around $25 per user per month.
Ever since Google announced Meet’s advanced features for free to all the G Suite and G Suite for Education users, Google saw the daily usage grow by 30 times with the Google Meet hosting 3 billion minutes of video meetings on a daily basis. The tech giant also introduced a new feature this month in the Meet app, wherein the users can see up to 49 people at the same time in the auto and tiled layout option. Besides, the company has also added the ability to see the host of the meeting as a tile on the call.
Both these features are now available to all users with a personal Google account and G Suite customers. Google and other video conferencing app makers have been giving Zoom a run for their money amid the lockdown’s work from home culture. Many stalwarts have made it big in the time with Google Meet passing the 100 million daily participants mark back in April.
Conclusion: With the rise in work-from-home culture, Google is all set to roll the dice with its new announcement regarding Google Meet. It remains interesting to see how the users will react to this change.