Google Meet: Google opens its free video conferencing service
Google is opening up its Google Meet video conferencing service to anyone who wants to use it, rather than simply offering it to enterprise and education clients through G Suite. The organization says anyone with a Google account will presently have the option to make free meetings of up to 100 individuals that can last any amount of time — however, after September 30th, it might confine meeting length to an hour.
That Google account necessity is a hard one, in any case. Individuals won’t have the option to simply click a link and join a link — they’ll be signed in. That is so meetings can be better controlled by their hosts, ideally eliminating the chance of Zoombombing. Google will likewise present other security measures: individuals not unequivocally added to a meeting through a schedule invite will be automatically gone into a green room when they attempt to join a meeting, and possibly be allowed in when approved by the host. The free version will likewise not offer landline dial-in numbers for meetings.
Those security-focused provisos are Google’s method for separating its Meet product from Zoom, which has had a meteoric ascent that over the past few months and got both Google and Microsoft flat-footed. The expanded consideration on Zoom uncovered a litany of security issues, which the fast-growing organization has scrambled to address. In any case, Google is trusting there’s as yet an opening for individuals who doubt Zoom.
Google has trust issues of its own with regards to conferencing and messaging products. Google Meet just became “Google Meet” earlier this month — before that the service was called Hangouts Meet. That is an inheritance of the broke and tangled history of Google’s messaging and video apps the organization is as yet attempting to escape. Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack and Teams contender, was likewise recently renamed to Google Chat.
Some Google clients may recollect (or still be using) Hangouts Video chat, another of those inheritance products. Google says that the product will be changed to Google Meet after some time so that there’s only one platform for the two consumers and enterprise clients. Google’s gradual advancement is laudable for enterprise clients searching for stability from an organization once well known for its product-killing Spring cleanings, yet now it’s past time to completely sunset the Hangouts brand.
Google Meet recently updated to help “Gallery view,” the Brady Bunch-style of placing all members in a single grid that Zoom to a great extent popularized. The new model is accessible in apps on mobile platforms and inside browsers on the desktop.
That is probably not going to change anytime soon — in contrast to its competitors, Google is keeping G Suite and its related product as web-first apps. That permits them to be constantly updated and simpler to manage than local Windows or macOS applications, however, the methodology can present problems like losing your meeting in a sea of tabs or inadvertently leaving out of it.
Close by the consumer accessibility for Meet, Google is disclosing another level for G Suite that it’s calling “G Suite Essentials,” which incorporates Google Meet and Google Drive, however not Gmail. All present G Suite clients will even now have free access to Meet through September 30th.
Lastly, Google Meet is likewise getting coordinated into Gmail — both G Suite versions and customary purchaser Gmail addresses. Similarly, Microsoft has leveraged its Office predominance to drive individuals to Teams, Google is completely using Gmail’s power to push its incorporated video conferencing app.
Zoom may have caught the zeitgeist, however, Google and Microsoft will give a valiant effort to ensure it doesn’t catch anything else of the market.