Users of the free version of Google Meet, Google’s videoconferencing platform, will be able to enjoy unlimited calls until March 2021, according to an announcement issued by the company itself on Tuesday (29). The original idea of the brand was to restrict the use of the tool for calls of up to 60 minutes to the end user, but its directors changed their mind to assist citizens during social isolation.
“More than ever, video plays a crucial role in keeping us connected. No matter what type of meeting you are having, we believe that people should be able to use the best services possible to connect, anytime, anywhere. We hope these updates will help our users do more, no matter where they are ”, explains Javier Soltero, VP and general manager of G Suite.
In addition to the use of unlimited calls (a feature that used to be exclusive for corporate members of the G Suite), users will also be able to continue using some premium features for free, such as background blur, the mosaic layout with up to 50 people on the screen simultaneously, conferences via Chromecast and integration with the Gmail email client on the web and official apps.
According to statistics from the Search Giant itself, since the platform was released for free use due to the pandemic of the new coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2), the company recorded a historic peak of more than 600 million active users in one single week; during the month of April alone, the tool gained about 3 million new followers who use it daily.
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