Google Hangouts has been one of the apps from the tech giant which they wanted to kill. However, instead of killing the app permanently, the tech giant has recently split Hangouts into two new apps – Google Meet and Google Chat for video conferencing and conversation, respectively.
Out of both of these apps, Google Meet is more focussed on business clients. And so, Google offers Meet only to G Suite users or via dedicated subscriptions. However, looking at the high demand for video conferencing platforms during this crisis, the tech giant has announced today that Meet will also be available for all Gmail users. This means Google Meet is now available for free for everyone without any subscription or G Suite requirement.
So, from now, you can simply head on to mail.google.com and start a new meeting or join an existing one. You can also add links to video conferences directly into Google Calendar invites. With Google Meet you can do a group video chat with up to 100 participants. In addition, you get features live captions and screen sharing.
However, with the free version, Google has added a single limitation to Google Meet. The free accounts can only have a 60-minute long video meeting. However, this limitation applies after September 2020. So, as for now, you can continue your meeting as long as you want. Unlike G Suite users, free users will also not see direct shortcuts to Meet and Chat in Gmail itself.
Additionally, the company also shared through the blog post that Meet is adding roughly 3 million new users every day. And as of last week, Meet’s daily meeting participants surpassed 100 million.
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