Google Meet to allow only 60-minute meetings for free

After September 30, remote-working employees will no longer be able to enjoy unlimited free video calls

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Google Meet, the video-conferencing app that most organisations and employees have been relying on for their meetings during the ongoing pandemic and resultant work-from-home situation, will no longer allow unlimited video calls for free.

With the free extension, which ends on September 30, users were able to make unlimited calls as long as they had a Google account. However, next month onwards, free calls will not be able to go beyond an hour.

The advanced features, which were available free for G Suite and G Suite for Education clients, will now be available only for G Suite’s Enterprise customers after September 30. These advanced features allowed meetings with a maximum of 250 participants and hosting of live streams with up to 100,000 people, as well as saving of meeting recordings to Google Drive.

To compete with Microsoft Teams and Zoom, which are also popularly used by remote working professionals, for online meetings, Google had earlier allowed unlimited video calls from its Meets platform, for free. It had also rolled out a Google Meet shortcut on Gmail’s desktop and mobile application.

Now, Google has updated the user interface of its Meet mobile app for iOS and Android. The homescreen has two new tabs, New Meeting and Join Meeting. A sliding menu offers options to share meeting details, join meetings instantly and schedule meetings in Google Calendar.

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