Google is expanding its policy, allowing Google Meet users to host calls for more than 60 minutes. The policy was scheduled to expire after September 30, but now free users can host those calls until March 2021.
“As we look ahead to the holiday season with significant milestones such as reduced travel and family reunions, PTA meetings and weddings held on video, we rely on Meat to keep in touch in the coming months Continue to help, ”Sameer Pradhan, Group Product Manager, in a blog post. “As a sign of our commitment, today we are continuing unlimited Meat Calls (up to 24 hours) for Gmail accounts in the free version until 31 March 2021.”
The extension should come as a relief to those who have relied on the service during the COVID-19 epidemic. Google has continuously updated Google Meet this year to keep it in competition with other video conferencing services like Zoom, gallery views like Zoom (which can now show up to 49 people at once) and features like background blur can add.
September 30 is also marked when the G Suite for Education and G Suite are set to lose free access to some advanced Google Meet features, such as holding meetings with up to 250 participants and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Recording. That free access isn’t being extended, Google has confirmed The ledge.