A few days ago we published an article on how Google Meet can be used to enhance distance learning, and just in time, Google has recently announced that its video conferencing platform is now available for free for all users. Google Meet used to be exclusively available for users of G Suite, from now on everyone with a Google account will be able to create video meetings for free on Google Meets for the web and on its mobile apps for Android and iOS. Please note that this update is rolling out over the next few weeks and you may not access it right away.
With this new update, Google also emphasized and prided itself on the security measures in place that makes Google Meet a more reliable video conferencing platform “that’s trusted by schools, governments and enterprises around the world”. Thus, Google seems to address one of the major weaknesses of Zoom, Google Meet’s competitor, which are security glitches. Regarding Meet’s measures of security, Google stated:
Privacy and security are paramount, no matter if it’s a doctor sharing confidential health information with a patient, a financial advisor hosting a client meeting, or people virtually connecting with each other for graduations, holidays and happy hours. Our approach to security is simple: make products safe by default. We designed Meet to operate on a secure foundation, providing the protections needed to keep our users safe, their data secure, and their information private.
Another important update is that of G Suite Essentials which from now till Sept. 30 will be available for free of charge for all users. G Suite Essentials “is perfect for teams that need access to Meet’s more advanced features, such as dial-in phone numbers, larger meetings, and meeting recording. G Suite Essentials also includes Google Drive for easy and secure access to all of a team’s content, and Docs, Sheets and Slides for content creation and real-time collaboration.”