Video conferencing tool 'Google Meet' free
Due to growing demand due to the new coronavirus pandemic, Google announced that it will provide a free video conferencing tool `` Google Meet '' that was previously available only to users of the subscription type software suite `` G Suite '' for general users .
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Google Meet is a video conferencing tool for business, and one of its features is that it can be integrated with Google Calendar because it is integrated with G Suite . Until now, you had to join the subscription service G Suite to use Google Meet, but Google announced that it will be available to general users from the beginning of May 2020.
The free version of Google Meet is provided for companies and educational institutions, such as simple meeting settings, screen sharing, real-time subtitle display (English only), layout change function such as tile display where all participants can see the face. Although it has the same function as the product version, the maximum number of participants is 100, which is less than the paid version of 250 people. In addition, the free version will have a time limit of 60 minutes per meeting after September 30, 2020.
To use the free version of Google Meet, an email address is required, and not all users will be able to use it from the beginning of May, Google explains that it will be available sequentially over several weeks. If you register your email address using the form below, you will receive a notification when the free version of Google Meet becomes available.
If you have a Google account, you can launch Google Meet just by accessing ' meet.google.com '. You can also use iOS and Android versions of Google Meet from your smartphone. If you do not have a Google account, you can create one for free if you have an email address.
Google made this decision because the pandemic of the new coronavirus infection has pushed people to work from home and the demand for video conferencing tools has grown. According to Google, the total usage time of Google Meet reached more than 3 billion minutes (50 million hours) per day in April 2020, and a one-day conference using Google Meet in the fourth week of April The number of participants exceeded 100 million.
Regarding security, Google has a philosophy of 'providing safe products in default state'. Therefore, Google Meet says, 'The Google Meet conference code is complicated by default, making it difficult to guess in a brute force attack.' 'All data transferred in a Google Meet video conference is encrypted. Google also states that security measures are enabled by default, such as, 'All recordings / recording data stored in Google Drive is also encrypted when stored.'