Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has rapidly iterated on Meet, providing the demand for enterprise video conferencing. The company also made Google Meet free for personal Gmail accounts, and is now extending the availability of longer calls to June 2021.
In March last year, Google said premium “Hangouts” – at the time – Meet features would be free for all G Suite customers instead of limiting some features to higher (paid) levels. This includes 250-person meetings, internal live streaming and storage of call recordings in Drive.
When Meet went free for regular users and was integrated with Gmail a month later, Google said it would not enforce a 60-minute call deadline until September 30. The deadline was then extended to 31
Ahead of tomorrow, Google will once again continue the free Gmail version of Meet until June 30th. With this change, there should be no disruption to how consumers video chat with Google products. The last extended time period was aimed at the holidays, and this takes users into the summer.
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