Bad News, Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th. Google Meet, the rebranded name of Google Hangouts, is no longer free with advanced features. Previously the free hosts of Google Meet only able to join up to 100 participants. Now Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th, not only this, but it’s also going to limit other vital features, including participant’s limitations for G-suite Basic & G-Suite for Education customers.
These premium customers (subscribed for G-suite Basic & G-Suite for Education) also will not be able to allow 250 participants and 100,000 people in a live stream within a single domain. They also can not save the recording of the meeting on Google drive. I should tell you that these features were available for the pandemic situation for G-Suite for Education customers. Now only G-suite Enterprise customers can access these features. To know more about G-suite pricing plans you should check it out.
“We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring, If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.” a Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email Friday.
From when is Google Meet free?
It was March 3rd Google announced these free accesses until 1st July. but in April it extended to September 30th. But now, there is no extension anymore & we have to obey this fact.
“Whether working with consumers or businesses, you shouldn’t have to trade reliability, security, and privacy for universal access and scale,” said Javier Soltero, vice president, and general manager of G Suite, in a statement to The Verge. “During this time, it’s important people have access to the apps and tools they enjoy using, and I have always held up G Suite as the best examples of products that win by choice. We take this responsibility very seriously, and as a company, we look to helpfulness as a guiding principle.” —-source The Verge.
Increase of Video-calling customers during Covid-19 pandemic situation:
In the Covid-19 pandemic situation, “Work from Home” was a great reasonable keyword for the epic rise of users of Video-conferencing apps. Zoom was able to handle about 200 million users daily, Microsoft Teams was able to gain about 12 million new customers in just one week. In answer to all these Google Meet said proudly that it was adding more than 2 million users per day. However, in a pandemic situation, these advanced features were very helpful to us, especially for students, officers, workers. There were many webinars attended by me, which were almost 3 hours’ duration on average. Many classes need at least 2 hours to finish. What the students & teachers will do is a million dollars question, because though it can be affordable by teachers, but every student can not afford these plans’ pricing.
It is very very bad news for us. Students & teachers have to meet several times in a day to finish a single chapter. Please do comment below what you think now.