There are lights at the end of the tunnel for millions of employees who are forced to work from home, and Google is here for them … or at least will keep Google Meet relevant in the meantime. Previously, Google made its Meet video chat platform free and unlimited through March this year, avoiding the 30-minute limit on free accounts. The freebie period has now been extended to June 2021

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Technically, there is still a time limit on Google Meet calls: 24 hours, even though I do not want a literally day-long conference call to my worst enemy. The service is open to anyone with a Gmail account, and expands the original Worskspace user base by a billion or two.

The move is smart for Google. After the pandemic, employers will look for a long time at which jobs really need constant presence and expensive real estate in a conventional office, at which point external meetings become more integrated than the shared copier. The more people get to know Meet, the more will be willing to pay for it when needed.

Google Meet - Secure video meetings
Google Meet - Secure video meetings