As Zoom takes the competition to yet another level since Covid-19 made virtual video meetings the new normal, Google video chat platform Google Meet has announced that it will be limiting free meetings to 60 minutes after today. Google released the free version of its video calling app in March this year to give room for more in a call to top up on hangouts owing to the demand during the COVID-19 period.
The September 30 deadline will also apply to G-suite and G-suite for education customers allowing meetings up to 250 participants, live streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain including the ability to record meetings.
This means, after the deadline, users will have to pay $8 for G-suite essentials per active user a month for a maximum of 300 hours, 150 meeting participants for unlimited number meetings. For the G-suite enterprise package, users will have to pay for $25 per active user per month for a meeting length of 300 hours, 250 meeting participants for an unlimited number of meetings.
Commenting on the matter, a Google spokesperson told the Verge “We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring. If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.”
However, Google is still at higher advantage to keep its numbers up owing to the fact that zoom limits its free calls to up to 40 minutes which is 20 minutes less than Meet.