Two weeks after announcing the free availability of Google Meet, Google on Tuesday said the rollout is complete. The video conferencing tool, initially built for the enterprise, is now accessible to anyone at meet.google.com or on iOS or Android.
Free Google Meet service till September 30 only. After this, the meeting time at Google Meet will be limited to 60 minutes.
Google Meet is the video conferencing service of Google, connecting a large number of users daily. The biggest cause is the ongoing coronavirus epidemic.
For the past few times, people have been doing office work, online classes etc. from their homes to avoid virus infection, for which the support of Google Meet and other video conferencing services like this is being used.
Now Alphabet’s Google has announced that Google Meet will be available for free to all users who have a Google account. Previously Google was available only for enterprises and education through Meet G Suite.
Apart from this, Google has also informed that about 3 million i.e. 3 million new users are being added to Google Meet every day.
Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has seen a surge of interest in its video conferencing tools.
In March, the company made Meet’s advanced features free for G Suite users and since then has seen daily usage grow by 30X, adding about 3 million new users a day last month.
In addition to expanding access to the tool, Google has sought to capitalize on the current situation by ramping up support for Meet, adding new features and making it directly accessible from Gmail.
Video conferencing tools have become vital during the pandemic-related lockdowns, as people look for ways to stay productive and stay social.
Other companies along with Google are seeking to capitalize on the current situation by rolling out new video tools.
Late last month, Facebook announced a series of new video products, including Messenger Rooms — a consumer-focused video conferencing tool.