Google’s premium video conferencing system is now free for individuals with a Gmail address.
Meet, Google’s premium video conferencing system, was only available to G Suite users and educators. Now individuals with a Gmail address can use the service. Starting at the beginning of this month, Google announced it will be making Meet available to everyone, gradually rolling out over the next few weeks.
Right now you can chat as long as you like now, after September free accounts will be limited to 60 minute meetings. The free version will still have a 100 participant limit and other features like screen sharing, real-time captions, layouts that adapt to your preference, and the new expanded tiled view will still be available.
Meet is available via web browser and mobile apps for iOS or Android. Meetings can be also be started through Gmail or Google Calendar.
Google is emphasizing the security of Meet.
- It has controls to admit or deny entry to a meeting and mute or remove participants.
- A Gmail account is required to join meetings,
- Conference codes are complex
- Participants cannot join meetings unless they’re on the calendar invite or have been invited by in-domain participants - - - - - Meetings are encrypted in transit, and all recordings stored in Google Drive are encrypted in transit and at rest.
- Meet operates in a browser and via mobile apps there’s less vulnerability to attacks.
- Meet data is not used for advertising, and personal data isn’t sold to third parties.
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