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Everybody Wants To Be ZOOM… Even Google

Thursday April 30th, 2020

By : Ron Amadeo
Source : ARS Technica

Google Meet, Google's newest video chat service, will soon be free for everyone. The service, which was previously locked behind G Suite, is opening up to anyone with a Google account.

Users will be able to access the service at meet.google.com or through the iOS and Android apps. While the service's free tier is unrestricted now, it won't be unrestricted forever. Google says that, after September 30, meetings for non G Suite accounts will be limited to 60 minutes.

Google to simplify messaging strategy, will support only five messaging apps
If you've never heard of "Google Meet" before, don't feel bad. The branding only popped up earlier this month, when Google quietly renamed "Google Hangouts Meet" to "Google Meet." Hangouts Meet is something we've written about before, and it launched in 2017 as a reboot to Google's enterprise messaging suite, which consisted of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Both of these 2017 enterprise "Hangouts" products have no relation to the widely used, consumer-focused "Google Hangouts" chat app from 2013, which is still part of Gmail and was a default Android app for a long time. Google claims it wants to merge all the "Hangouts" products together, but you can never be sure what the future of Google's disorganized messaging strategy will hold.

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