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Google Makes Premium Version of Hangouts Meet Free As More People Work Remotely

Google Makes Premium Version of Hangouts Meet Free As More People Work Remotely

Google is waiving the fees on the premium version of Hangouts Meet to assist businesses and schools operating remotely.

In a blog post, Google states:

“As more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to the spread of COVID-19, we want to do our part to help them stay connected and productive.”

The paid version of Hangouts Meet will be free until July 1. Some of the premium features businesses and schools can benefit from the most during this time include:

  • An increased limit of 250 participants per call.
  • Live streaming with an increased audience limit of up to 100,000 viewers within a domain.
  • The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
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This will no doubt assist businesses with holding large meetings online, giving company-wide presentations, and saving meetings for others to view at a later time.

“… as more businesses adjust their work-from-home policies and adopt reduced travel plans in response to COVID-19, we’re helping to ensure that all globally distributed teams can still reliably meet face to face, even if employees are not in the same location.”

These features are typically available only in the Enterprise edition of G Suite, as well as the G Suite Enterprise for Education. From now until July they will be available at no additional cost to all customers.

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Source: Google

Related: 8 Superstar Video Chat & Conferencing Apps for Business


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