Google takes on Zoom, makes Meet video conferencing free of charge for all
Meet will support meetings with up to 100 people and with no interrupted time for meetings, unlike Zoom where users with basic access cannot have meetings that last over an hour.
Users trying to join a meeting will only be permitted if the host approves, preventing cases of Zoombombing which has bogged Zoom users.
Google will make its video conferencing tool, Meet, free of charge for everybody. Previously, this platform was accessible only for education and enterprise users. Despite that, on Wednesday, the company declared that anyone with an email account will be able to use this platform.
The Meet will enable meetings with up to 100 people and with no cut-off period for meetings, unlike Zoom where users with basic access cannot conduct meetings that last above an hour, Though, Google could implement the same time bound limitation after 30 September.
Owing to the stay-at-home orders in various regions worldwide, Zoom has become the video conferencing platform of choice for customers. Zoom has observed its usage rise up thirty-fold compared to previous December. Though, there are challenges about the safety features of this tool. Moreover, the app has attracted bad press like Zoombombing, where unintended users join random chats and interrupt. Conversely, Google has placed its platform as a beacon of security and safety.
In a blog announcing the advancement, Google stated, “Meet operates on a secure foundation, keeping users safe, data secure, and information private—including between patients and caregivers.” Users seeking to join a meeting will only be allowed if the host permits.
Google is even incorporating Meet into Gmail, which will make it simple for users to operate and use the tool.