Google has announced on Wednesday that it is making its premium video conferencing service, Google Meet, free to everyone. Until now only enterprise and education customers were able to use Google Meet via G Suite. G suite applications are free for Education but chargeable for Enterprise customers.
People across the globe have suddenly become reliant on video meeting applications for work, education and social life during coronavirus forced lockdown. People moved towards free video conferencing services like Zoom as Google Meet was a paid service.
But now Google has understood the need of people and has announced that it is making Google Meet absolutely free to everyone who wants to use it.
This means that everyone can enjoy premium video conferencing service of Google Meet for free of cost.
Users won’t be able to use Google Meet for free right away. The tech giant is opening up availability to Google Meet gradually to free users starting from next week. However, Google has provided a ‘Notify me’ page where users can fill up the form and be notified when they get free access to Google Meet.
Users will be able to create a meeting for 100 participants for unlimited time — though meeting length may restrict to 60 minutes from 30 September. Users will need a Google account to participate in a meeting, although most of the people have it.
Google has made this announcement on it’s official blog.
“We’ve invested years in making Meet a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments and enterprises around the world, and in recent months we’ve accelerated the release of top-requested features to make it even more helpful.”, the blog post states.
With this announcement Google gives direct competition to the Zoom meeting app. Recently, Google also introduced a new tiled layout in Google Meet to give hard competition to Zoom.
Earlier, Facebook and Microsoft also have updated their video conferencing platforms to get more users during this lockdown period.
After Google’s announcement, it will be really tough competition for the Zoom meeting app.