Since the beginning of the quarantine, video calls have become one of the essential pillars of our lives. We need them both to keep in touch with friends and family, and to do work and education-related tasks. That’s why platforms like Zoom, Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and so many more have grown in popularity.
In response to this, Google had decided to make its platform, which was previously exclusively paid, to have a free version. It would not have the same benefits as those who have paid, but it would be a way to win some public unhappy with Zoom and other applications. Now, they have decided to put one more barrier for those who do not pay for the service.
Starting September 30, those who have a free version of Meet will be limited to having meetings of no more than 60 minutes. Not many were disappointed or even surprised by this change; this is because Google had already announced it previously. In April, during the beginning of the pandemic, they had anticipated this.
Seeing that so many people needed this type of service, they had warned that only for 5 months free users would have no limit to communicate, but now that period has ended. “We have nothing to communicate regarding changes to this promotion and future features that will expire. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know, ”wrote a Google representative.
Other features will also no longer be available to free users, such as the ability to have meetings of up to 250 participants and save meeting recordings to Google Drive. It won’t be a drastic change for those of you already using the free version of Meet. Most likely, it will not affect the service too much, which has reached up to 100 million daily users in April.