Google did in a blog post announced that its Meet video conferencing software will be free to use in the future without the need for a G Suite account. So far, the video telephony tool could only be used as part of such a subscription.
"From the beginning of May, everyone can register for Meet with an email address and use many of the functions that previously only companies and educational institutions had access to.", writes Javier Soltero, vice president of G Suite at Google. Users can schedule appointments for a meeting, share their screen in a conversation and see up to 16 participants in a conference at the same time.
Meet should be made available step by step, which is why at the beginning of May 2020 not all users will be able to make a video call. To know when to use Meet, users can have Google send them a notification.
Log in to Meet with a Gmail address
To use Meet for free, users must sign in with a Gmail address on the Meet website or in the app. If you don't have a Gmail account, Google will need to create one.
In its blog post, the provider emphasizes the security functions of Meet. In this way, the initiators of a meeting can admit and reject participants in a meeting, mute other users and even remove them. According to Google, meet conferences are encrypted; no plug-in is required to use them in one of the popular browsers.
In the free version, video conferences are to be limited to a length of 60 minutes. Google does not intend to implement this limitation until September 30, 2020 – assuming that the increased need for video reviews due to the corona crisis will then have decreased.
Golem.de also offers a free and data protection-friendly video-video conference solution. Since the official instance of Jitsi Meet is currently overloaded, we decided to temporarily run a public instance ourselves. It can be accessed at meet.golem.de and used by our readers for their own conferences.