Back in April, Google Meet received a number of new features to make videoconferencing more appealing during the COVID-19 pandemic and lockdown, with Zoom becoming the go-to solution almost overnight.
Previously the platform has only available to enterprise and education customers with a G Suite account, but since April, it has been made widely available. Along with opening up access, Google confirmed that Meet sessions would have a 60 minute limit for those using the free version of the platform.
Said limit would not take effect immediately, however, and would instead only apply after 30th September. If you’ve just glanced at your calendar, you’ll now that the date is fast approaching.
“Meetings are limited to 60 minutes for the free product, though we won’t enforce this time limit until after Sept. 30. Creating a trusted meeting space is important, and being mindful when sharing meeting links in public forums can help create a safe experience for all attendees,” noted Google in a blog post earlier this year.
As such, this should serve as a friendly reminder for your next Google Meet session that you now will stretch over the 60 minute limit.
Given that the pandemic is still something that is being fought, as well as people across the globe continuing to work under quarantine or lockdown conditions, we had hoped that Google would extend this promotional offer for its videoconferencing solution.
Unfortunately, it looks like Google is sticking to its 30th September date though, according to some feedback that The Verge received last week Friday.
“We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring,” a Google spokesperson told the publication, “If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know,” they added.
Ultimately, it is not a huge deal that the limit will come into effect, especially as Zoom’s limit is on the 40 minute mark.[Source – The Verge]