From October, Google Meet Limiting Free Conferences to 60 Minutes

Since the beginning of May, all users have been able to use Google Meet for free, while earlier, the video conferencing solution was reserved for paying G Suite subscribers.

In a few days, however, Google will enforce a limit of 60 minutes for free video conferences. From October 1st, the restriction on free video conferencing will come into effect.

A Google spokesman told The Verge that there was nothing new to say about the end of the promotion and certain expanded features of Meet.

The end stands for the unlimited free video conferences via Google Meet, in which up to 100 people could previously take part. Paying G Suite customers, on the other hand, were able to hold video conferences with up to 250 participants and also record video conferences via Google Drive. Besides, live streams for up to 100,000 people were possible from one domain.

But these functions are also to be further restricted from October 1st. Because up to now, normal G Suite subscribers could also use these extended functions. In the future, recording functions and conferences with 250 participants will be limited to enterprise customers.

For private users and smaller teams; however, Google Meet is still free if they keep their video conferences for less than 60 minutes. In the case of Zoom, the 40-minute limit for free use that had previously been in effect was also lifted in the spring.

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