Google has rescinded its earlier decision to retire its limitless video calls ‘trial’ for non-paying Google Meet users. Anyone who’s aware of the pandemic’s unmitigated impact on our daily lives, September 30 is simply too early to cut free users off.
Luckily, Google agrees. They said this on a recent blog post:
“As we look ahead to a holiday season with less travel and important milestones like family reunions, PTA meetings and weddings hosted over video, we want to continue helping those who rely on Meet to stay in touch over the coming months. As a sign of our commitment, today we’re continuing unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version through March 31, 2021 for Gmail accounts.”
To add to Google’s point, more and more teams are carrying on with remote, work-from-home setups. Google Meet is a certifiably reliable tool alongside Zoom and Microsoft Team, and teams who are weathering the COVID-19 pandemic would do well with it.
All in all, a good day to be a Google Meet user!