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Is Google Meet the online meeting solution we've been waiting for?

In early March, Google started rolling out free access to Google Meet video-conferencing capabilities. These functions (typically bundled in the Enterprise G Suite and G Suite for Education customer versions) are available at no additional cost to all customers until September 30, 2020. The rollout has gone swiftly, I've had Meet for a couple weeks.

Meet's currently unlocked functionality includes  

  • Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call

  • Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain 

  • The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive

I talked about zoom here.

Meet's touting

  • Safety "meetings are encrypted in transit and an array of default-on anti-abuse measures keep meetings safe."

  • Ease of use "Meet takes the headaches out of joining a video call at work. Just set up a meeting and share a link. No worrying about whether teammates, clients, or customers have the right accounts or plug-ins. With a fast, lightweight interface and smart participant management, multi-person video calls are a breeze."

  • Integration "Meet is fully integrated with G Suite, so you can join meetings directly from a Calendar event or email invite. All of the important event details are right there when you need them, whether you’re joining from a computer, phone, or conference room.

  • ios and Android apps

  • Premium features in the enterprise edition like a dial-in phone number for each meeting, so every meeting can be joined without wifi or data."

There's even an integration with so teams using Skype for business can join a Meet meeting.

Do you think you'll be switching to Meets from Team or Zoom? I'm looking forward to seeing if it works and also hesitant to add one more technological thing to my already overflowing basket.

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