The search giant, Google had announced in April that it will allow all users unlimited-length meetings in Google Meet’s video chat until September 30th. It seems that the company is all set to adhere to this deadline.
In case of any changes, we will let you know, says Google spokesperson
The free version of this video-conferencing platform will not allow meetings longer than 60 minutes after the said deadline. A Google spokesperson said that they do not need to convey anything regarding a change in promo and expiry of advanced features. In case of any changes, they will let all know.
Any user with a Google account can set up free meetings with a maximum of 100 people with no time limit, under the extension.
Access to advanced features of G Suite to withdrawn post-September 30thdeadline
After September 30th, users can also expect access withdrawn for advanced features for G Suite and customers of G Suite for Education. Google will also withdraw access to allowing of a number of participants to 250, live-streaming for up to 100,000 people in one domain, and the ability to save meeting recordings on Google Drive. The advanced features are currently available on the “enterprise” tier of G Suite, which costs a user $25 per month.
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This deadline is crucial for most users who would not want to upgrade to a paid Google Meet plan. They will have to limit their conference calls and meetings to 60 minutes or less.
Google and other videoconferencing platforms pursue the success of Zoom
In these times of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google Meet and other videoconferencing platforms have been following the exponential rise of Zoom. Google Meet has already passed 100 million daily participants in April.
This rise in participants can be attributed to millions of white-collar office employees working from home. Also, schools have been promoting remote learning with numerous students taking online classes during the pandemic.
New auto-generated app software to help states in contact tracing
The search giant is also launching new auto-generated software to assist states in setting up their contact tracing apps in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic. This app is developed as an extension of the previous exposure notification framework, allowing public health authorities a wider area of launching a standalone app by configuring the basic framework of the state’s app.