Google Meet video Conferencing– Google announced today that it is making its video conference tool Meet for businesses that directly compete with the likes of Zoom. So far, you can participate in a Meet call without a paying customer, but you need a paid G Suite account to initiate the call.
Google is opening up its Google Meet Videoconferencing service to anyone who wants to use this via G suite without restriction and including it to enterprise and education customers. The company says that anyone with a Google account can create free meeting up to 100 people, which can happen anytime and unlimited – however, the meeting duration after September 30 may be limited to 60 minutes.
Users need a Google Account to attend meetings, however, it is unlikely to become a big blocker for many people, but it adds more friction than clicking a zoom link.
Google argues that in return, you get a safer platform, not just because it’s hard to guess meeting codes for Meet (which makes “Meet-bombing” a non-starter), but also because Meet runs in the browser and is hence less vulnerable to security threats.
Google claims that meeting codes are hard to predict for the Meet (which makes the “meet-bomb” a non-starter), but the Meet runs in the browser and is, therefore, less vulnerable. For security threats.
In addition to free access to google Meet to all, Google is releasing a new version of the G Suite called G Suite Essentials. This new version, for small teams and includes Google Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides and of course Meet, is available for free until September 30th.
For enterprise users, Google is also adding some perks to September 30th. This includes free access to advanced Meet features for all G Suite customers, including the ability to stream live to over 100,000 viewers in their domain, as well as free licenses. Enterprise customers need a revised contract and a free G Suite is mandatory.
Google used today’s announcement to share some new statistics around the Meet. As of last week, the number of people attending Meet’s daily conference was 100 million, for example, Meet now hosts 3 billion minutes of video conferences. The daily maximum consumption is 30 times since January. A lot of time is spent in meetings.