Ever since the world went into lockdown people started downloading video calling applications/software and using it on a larger basis. Zoom saw the opportunity and went on a rise. However, with many speculations around Zoom one may not feel safe using that application. Well, guess who jumped in at the right time, of course, Google. Oh wait, don’t get me wrong I’m not talking about Google Duo. It’s time for Google Meet. The company is making this app free for all starting from May 4.
Earlier, the Meet app was only available for G-Suite customers, mainly for enterprises that use G-Cloud services for business purposes. The company announced that from May, anyone who has an email address can use this service and all the advanced features that include screen sharing and etc in order to keep up with your colleagues from work or be it to talk to a loved one during this pandemic.
“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. Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preferences, including an expanded tiled view.”
However, Google has confirmed that the meetings can last only for 60 minutes while you are using the free service but this will be waived off until September 30. Google also said that they are experiencing good conversions with almost 3 million users each day and that daily usage has peaked to 30x since January.