Google Meet video conferencing tool getting Gmail integration, 16-person video call support
In an effort to provide a more stable and secure alternative to Zoom given its recent security exploits and controversies, Google is enabling people to use its education and enterprise-exclusive Google Meet team conferencing software more easily and with more people.
In a report published by Reuters, it is detailed how Google is pushing ahead and launching multiple features and upgrades ahead of their product schedule due to the increased need for Zoom video conferencing at an unprecedented scale due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
These features include integrating Meet directly with Google's Gmail service, which has been available starting on Thursday, April 16th. This lowers the barrier to entry for institutional users to access Meet by making it available straight from their inbox. Additionally, more features will be added throughout the rest of April, including support for up to 16 people on a single video conference call. It will also improve its low light correction and ambient background noise filtering.
Despite being limited to business, education, and government use, Meet has been adding an average of 2 million users per day across 150 countries, with over 100 million educational institutions making use of it. And in order to truly put their foot down against the likes of Zoom and Cisco Webex Meetings, Google has also stated that it will not be charging users for the use of features like large-scale video conference calls until September of 2020.
Google Meet is now available for enterprise and education use via meet.google.com