Google Meet, the premium video conferencing solution for G Suite subscribers, will soon be free for all users.
From the beginning of May, free access will be gradually introduced over the next few weeks.
Anyone with a Google account and email address can then join and create meetings on meet.google.com or the Meet Mobile app.
You can use functions such as simple planning, screen sharing, real-time subtitles and tile view. The usual 60-minute limit will also be lifted until September 30th.
If you want to know when the roll-out will reach you, you can register here to be notified.
"With the lines between work and home blurring, Google Meet provides the polish needed for a work meeting, a tiled view for your online birthday party, and the security needed to video call your doctor," said Javier Soltero, G's vice president Suite.
For companies that are not subscribed to G Suite, Google is offering a new edition called G Suite Essentials free of charge until September 30th.
The Essentials version includes Google Drive, documents, sheets and slides for real-time collaboration. It also provides access to some advanced meet features such as dial-in phone numbers, larger meetings, and meeting recordings.
These advanced video conferencing features have been added to existing G Suite customers since March.
Increasing demand: around 3 million new users every day
Because we spend our days at home fighting the corona virus, we use video conferencing more than ever to meet our work and personal social interaction needs.
Google Meet has seen a 30-fold increase in daily peak usage since January and has recently exceeded 100 million daily meeting attendees.
"As of this month, Meet is hosting 3 billion minutes of video conferencing and adding around 3 million new users every day," said a press release.
See all at the same time with the layout of the tiled view / photo credit: Google
As a result, Google has accelerated the release of the most requested features to make the solution more useful to different groups of stakeholders.
"Whether it's hospitals that support patients through telemedicine, banks that work with loan applicants, retailers that support customers remotely, or manufacturers that securely interact with warehouse technicians, companies in all industries use Meet to Connect stay, "he added.
Security through security measures with "standard on"
While growth has skyrocketed, Google has made Meet designed to stay secure regardless of how many users are on the platform at the same time.
"We designed Meet to work on a secure basis and provide the protection necessary to ensure the security of our users, their data, and their information."
The company does this through a series of security measures that are always activated by default.
For example, attendees are identified through their Google account, and Meet does not allow anonymous users (without a Google account) to attend meetings created by individuals.
Meet host controls allow hosts to allow or deny meetings, and mute or remove participants when necessary.
Users do not need to install any plug-ins to use the tool. It works entirely in web browsers to limit vulnerability to security threats.
In addition, all video conferences and their recordings are encrypted during transport and after being saved in Google Drive.
A full list of Google Meet security features can be found here.
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