Google Meet for Individuals
Originally designed to be a collaborative tool for businesses and organizations, Google Meet has never been available outside of G Suite before.
Now, individual users can create a Google Meet account and host their own video calls.
As examples of how individuals can use this product, Google suggests hosting fitness classes, book clubs, neighborhood meetings, happy hours with friends, and so on.
Ordinarily, meetings would be limited to 60 minutes for the free product, but Google is not enforcing a time limit until after September 30.
Groups and Teams
Organizations that aren’t already G Suite customers will now have access to G Suite Essentials.
G Suite Essentials allows organizations to access advanced features such as dial-in phone numbers, larger meetings, and meeting recordings.
Google is making G Suite Essentials available for free until September 30.
Businesses and Organizations
Google is providing three ways for new and current enterprise customers to access Meet through Sept. 30:
- Free access to Meet’s advanced features for all G Suite customers, such as the ability to live stream for up to 100,000 viewers within your domain.
- Free additional Meet licenses for existing G Suite customers without any amendments to their current contract.
- Free G Suite Essentials for enterprise customers.
Schools and Higher-Ed Institutions
Schools that do not currently use G Suite for Education can now sign up for free.
Google Meet can then be enabled from G Suite for Education at no added cost.
Timed Rollout Over Several Weeks
This update to Google Meet will be rolling out over the coming weeks, with free users being able to sign up in early May.
“Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our business and education users, such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including an expanded tiled view.”
That’s because the rollout process is expected to take several weeks.
A timed rollout is designed to ensure Google Meet continues to offer a secure and reliable experience as the product expands to more users.
Users can sign up at meet.google.com to be notified as soon as the free product is available.