Good news for everyone as Google makes it’s Google Meet video-conferencing premium features free till September 30. This decision was made to help the businesses and schools that are getting affected due to the recent Coronavirus outbreak that has made an entire lockdown situation around the world. This means the company’s recently renamed Google Meet software will now be available to all the G Suite customers through September 30.
Google had announced earlier on March 3 that all the G Suite and G Suite for Education customers would access the premium features for Meet through July 1st. Premium features for Meet software include the capacity for up to 250 participants to join a call. Other than that, its features include live stream support for up to 100,000 viewers. Also, the ability to record and save calls is also one of the exceptional features of Google Meet.
Google Meet to help Offices and Schools
The parent company Google also reports that it has added up to 2 million new Meet users every day. And more than 100 million students and teachers are using Google Classroom, which is Google’s suite of educational tools. In a blog post, Google says;
As we know that more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to the spread of COVID-19. We want to do our part to help them stay connected and productive.
We’re committed to supporting our users and customers during this challenging time, and are continuing to scale our infrastructure to support greater Hangouts Meet demand, ensuring streamlined, reliable access to the service throughout this period,
This is quite a good decision by Google as Zoom, a tough competitor to Google’s Hangouts Meet tool, raised time limits on its free products for users in China. Hence, making the tool free-to-use for schools.
Due to the recent Novel Coronavirus outbreak, many offices and schools have been closed throughout the world. At such a time, tools like Google Hangouts, WebEx, and Zoom are being used to allow classes to continue remotely.
Zoom, as it is known has seen tremendous popularity among users, even as it faces inquiry over its security practices. Zoom has gone from 10 million active users in December to 200 million by the end of March. This seems to be a huge success for the company as it has such a large number of active users.