Video-conferencing app Google Meet has now revealed that the free version of the app will only let users host meetings for no more than 60 minutes. Now, this new rule would only be applicable from September 30.
Also, along with the cap on meetings, Google will also limit access to a number of the advanced G-Suite features which will allow over 250 participants, live streaming, and saving meeting recordings to Google Drive, as per reports in The Verge.
“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.” Google told The Verge.
Now, the users who are not looking to upgrade to the paid version will be able to use the free version, but then there will be a limit on the meetings. Hence, it would not be hard to conclude a meeting in 60 minutes if the user is not paying for more meetings.
Google Meet and other several other video conferencing platforms like Zoom have been gaining a lot on traction owing to the coronavirus pandemic. Google Meet and Zoom have already sprinted past the 100 million mark in terms of daily participants.
So, under this extension, anyone who has a Google account will be able to create free meetings with up to 100 people, and with no time limit.
Earlier, Google had also rolled out a new feature in the Meet app where users will be able to see up to 49 people at once. The 49 people view can will be enabled in Tiled and Auto layouts. However, this feature will only be available on the web.