Due to an increase in demand of video conferencing apps amidst the lockdown, Google earlier announced that it is making Meet free for all users. However, now free users can enjoy the Google Meet with a time-bound.
Google earlier declared that people having a Gmail account will be able to use Google Meet. Users can enjoy free video calling (unlimited) via the application. Free users can enjoy the video calling for 60 minutes from September 30.
Speaking to tech portal The Verge, Google confirmed that it was not making any changes to the Meet promo, or advanced features. So after the last date, things are going to go back to the way they were before the extension.
Google had also extended access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers in its drive to push Meet Out. This extension will also end on September 30. The extension allowed users to arrange meetings with up to 250 participants and a live-streaming with up to 100,000 people within a single domain. The extension also provided free users to save meeting recordings in the Google Drive.
However, now to access all these features, users have to make a payment for the enterprise level of G Suite. This will be made available at a cost of dollar 25 for each user every month.
A shortcut of Meet on Gmail had also been pushed by the Google. Now every Gmail user has a dedicated section to quickly arrange a meeting. This was done to compete with the increasing popularity of Zoom and other video conferencing platforms during the pandemic. More and more people had to opt for the remote working format to adapt to the new normal and Google tried to float better in the market with the free feature extension.