Google is extending its policy that allows free Google Meet users to host calls for more than 60 minutes. The policy was supposed to expire after September 30, but now free users can host longer calls until March 2021.
“As we look forward to a holiday season with fewer travel and major milestones like family reunions, PTA meetings and video-hosted weddings, we want to continue helping those who rely on Meet stay connected in the coming months,” said Google Meet the group’s product manager, Samir Pradhan, in a blog post. “As a sign of our commitment, today we will continue unlimited Meet calls (up to 24 hours) in the free version until March 31
The extension should be a relief for those who relied on the service during the COVID-19 pandemic. Google has constantly updated Google Meet this year to keep it competitive with other video conferencing services like Zoom, adding features like a Zoom-like gallery view (which can now show up to 49 people at once) and background blur.
September 30 also marks the time when G Suite and G Suite for Education customers lose free access to some advanced Google Meet features, such as hosting meetings with up to 250 attendees and the ability to save meeting recordings on Google Drive. Free access will not be extended, Google confirmed a The Verge.