There are many initiatives that technology companies, small and large, are taking at this time of crisis, often all aimed at promoting smart working: Microsoft Teams accessible for free by anyone and now Google also makes available, free for everyone, and As of September 30, Google Meet premium features, so far only available for paid subscribers.
It is, in reality, an extension of the time period in which its premium video chat features will be available for schools and other organizations. Google Meet software will now be open and available to all G Suite customers, until September 30th.
The Mountain View giant had previously announced that Meet's premium features would be available to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers until July 1st. Now, the free period is extended until the end of September. Premium features include the ability to join up to 250 users in one call, live streaming support for up to 100,000 viewers, and the ability to record and save calls.
The company says the service is currently welcoming up to 2 million new Meet users per day, with over 100 million students and teachers using Google Classroom, and the company's suite of educational tools, which includes Google Meet.
Google's extension comes when rival Zoom faces increasing control over its security policies. Some companies have even banned the use of Zoom video calls, just as many school districts have refused to use this platform. Extending the time period when Google Meet premium features are free for more users could help Google further reduce Zoom's popularity.
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