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Free Videoconferencing through Google

Free Videoconferencing through Google

Google is inaugurating its Google Meet videoconferencing service to anyone who needs to make use of it, as an alternative of simply providing it to enterprise and education clients through G Suite. The corporate says anyone with a Google account will now be capable of creating free conferences of as much as 100 folks that may be final any period of time — although, after September 30th, it could limit assembly size to 60 minutes.

That Google account requirement is a tough one, nevertheless. Individuals won’t be capable of simply click on a link and be a part of a gathering — they’ll be logged in. That’s so conferences may be higher managed by their hosts, hopefully eliminating the potential of Zoombombing. Google may also introduce different security measures: individuals not explicitly added to a gathering by way of a calendar invite shall be mechanically entered right into a green room after they attempt to be a part of a gathering, and solely be let in when accredited by the host. The free model will even not provide landline dial-in numbers for conferences.

These security-centered caveats are Google’s method of differentiating its Meet product from Zoom, which has had a meteoric rise over the previous few months and caught both Google and Microsoft flat-footed. The elevated consideration on Zoom revealed a litany of safety issues, which the quick-rising firm has scrambled to deal with. However, Google is seemingly hoping there’s nonetheless a gap for individuals who mistrust Zoom.

Google has belief issues of its personal with regards to conferencing and messaging merchandise. Google Meet solely became “Google Meet” earlier this month — earlier than that, the service was known as Hangouts Meet. That’s a legacy of the fractured and convoluted history of Google’s messaging and video apps; the corporate remains to be making an attempt to flee. Hangouts Chat, Google’s Slack and Teams competitor, was additionally recently renamed to Google Chat.