The tech giant Google has announced that its Video conferencing platform, Google Meet will limit meetings to a duration not more than 60 minutes for all those who are using the free plan of its service. Google also noted that this restriction will begin on 1st October 2020.
A Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email, “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.”
This promo period which began at around April when most businesses needed video-conferencing platforms to keep up with their meetings online to help control the spread of coronavirus by avoiding physical meetings. Google Meet also enabled anyone with a google account to create free video meetings with up to 100 people with no limits, and now, it’s coming to an end with limitations for free-tier users.
The Verge also reported that the deadline of September 30 is also applicable to other features like access to advanced features for G-Suite and G-Suite for Education customers, including allowing meetings of up to 250 participants, live streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain, and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive.
Those features are normally only available to customers on the “enterprise” tier of G Suite, which costs USD 25( roughly Ksh 2700) per user per month.
This update is important for all those who are using the free version of Google Meet. If you cant afford to subscribe to the paid plans or your usage surpasses the free tier, you might consider subscribing to other freemium Google Meet alternatives.