In a report on CNN Philippines, Google said that its video conferencing tool, Meet, will be free. Meet was previously only available to users of its G Suite productivity tools, commonly used by larger companies and schools. The software will be available in the next few weeks, the report says.
The pandemic brought on by the coronavirus has sparked a work-from-home revolution in most countries around the world. Security and privacy issues have plagued teleconferencing tools and Google emphasized that Meet is "designed, built and operated to be secure at scale."
Meet will allow users with a time limit of 60 minutes per meeting and will be enforced beginning September. Meet can also allow one hundred people in a call, similar to Zoom. Meet will retain premium features for G Suite customers, which includes dial-in phone numbers, meeting recording, and larger meetings.