Google Meet extends unlimited meetings until March, possibly without a key feature

Google mentioned Tuesday that it could prolong the length right through which shoppers may make limitless calls the usage of Google Meet till March 31, 2021, finishing hypothesis that it could finish the loose length on September 30.

Whilst that may well be just right information for individuals who use Meet casually to be in contact with family and friends, one characteristic turns out to have disappeared: the power to file and archive Meet calls to Google Force, which Google had presented at no cost as a part of its unique be offering.

Limitless Google Meet calls will nonetheless be to be had to any person with a Gmail account, irrespective of whether or not they belong to a G Suite plan. “As we stay up for a vacation season with much less go back and forth and essential milestones like circle of relatives reunions, PTA conferences and weddings hosted over video, we need to proceed serving to those that depend on Meet to stick involved over the approaching months,” Google mentioned in a weblog put up.

Google had prolonged the top rate options of Google Meet to all G Suite and G Suite for Training shoppers till September 30, a choice Google made in March in keeping with the pandemic. Shoppers, too, may join with a Gmail account.

Because the time limit neared, there was once fear that “limitless” calls (lasting as much as 24 hours) would go back to turning into a paid characteristic for the paid Undertaking tier for Training, and for G Suite shoppers. (G Suite for Training is loose, however Google fees $four/pupil/month for G Suite Undertaking for Training, and the same quantity for school and group of workers. G Suite’s fundamental plans get started at $6 in keeping with consumer per 30 days.)

In our evaluate of what virtual study rooms may appear to be for the 2020 college 12 months, one instructor we interviewed—Invoice Vacca, Director of Tutorial Era at Mohonasen Central Faculty District in Rotterdam, NY—was once now not involved concerning the finish of Meet’s limitless loose calls, in all probability as a result of his categories fell beneath the 60-minute restrict that Google typically set at no cost calls, pre-pandemic.

Vacca was once extra all for dropping the power to file Meet conferences and archive them for college students to study. “What they have got finished goes to chunk colleges within the butt in any case,” he mentioned on the time. 

Google’s weblog put up doesn’t point out that the power to file conferences has been prolonged, at no cost. Google representatives didn’t right away reply to a request for remark. We can replace this tale if we discover out extra. 

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