Google Meet is one of the most widely used application to conduct meetings among colleagues that are not in the same room. In other words, it is a business tool used for video conferencing where people can speak and share their computer screen and experience interactions on a real-time basis, sitting continents apart.
Currently, the G Suite account, which includes the Google Meet has three pricing plans with basic costing up to $6 monthly, followed by the Business and Enterprise plans for $12 and $25 respectively. With the basic plan, you can connect to 25 people at once, and this number doubles with the Business plan and then redoubles with the Enterprise plan reaching a count of 100 people connected to one meeting.
With the dreaded Coronavirus or code name COVID-19 spreading quickly from China to different parts of the world, Offices and Schools around the world are among the ones that are majorly impacted. It is being advised for employees and students to work remotely from home as this will help reduce the spread of the virus.
One of the software giants, Google has decided to make its contribution to help the people by making one of its applications, the Google Meet, free for all users. All the G Suite customers can now use the premium version of Hangouts Meet priced at $25 per month for free and can connect to 250 people at once with live streaming for 100,000 viewers at one time. Also, those meetings can be recorded and saved to Google Drive.
Other changes have also been made apart from increasing the number of people that can join a meeting at one time from 100 to 250. All these changes have already started rolling out and will complete 100% within two weeks. All google users can avail this benefit until the 1st of July, which is when the summer vacations for most of the kids would commence.
We want to help businesses and schools impacted by COVID-19 stay connected: starting this week, we’ll roll out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities through July 1, 2020, to all G Suite customers globally. – Sundar Pichai, CEO Google.
Who can Benefit from Google Meet Free feature?
Google has made Google Meet free to use considering the students who have to travel to their school daily despite the spread of the virus. It has already been noted that thousands of students in Vietnam and Hongkong have stopped going to the school and instead continued their schooling through the Hangout Meet video conferencing.
This feature can also be used by a business as of now and Google’s Dublin office has set an example by working remotely from home amid concerns of the spreading of CoronaVirus. Google wants to uphold its commitment to supporting its customers always, especially during these times of crisis.
In the like of the rapid spread of CoronaVirus, Google canceled one of its conference relating to Cloud Computing and has stopped its employees from travelling to South Korea, Japan and even Italy. Google would try to hold the conference online with Google Meet on a smaller scale but there is no confirmation as to when.
Will the Google Meet Free Version Assist in Preventing the Coronavirus?
Google announced yesterday that “as more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to the spread of COVID-19, we want to do our part to help them stay connected and productive.” The risk of exposure to Coronavirus can be certainly limited if not completely prevented with less contact with other people as it is a communicable disease. With employees and students working remotely from home, Google Meet for Free has truly contributed its part to avert the spread of the disease and also will help to understand the benefits and limitations of Work/Study from Home culture.
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