Google is extending its policy that lets free Google Meet users host calls for longer than 60 minutes. The policy that was earlier set to expire after Sept 30th is now extended to March 2021. Sept 30th also marks when G Suite and G Suite for Education customers will lose free access to some advanced Google Meet features – hosting meetings with up to 250 participants and ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive. That free access is not being extended.
Google will limit the meeting time on its VC platform – Google Meet – to 60 minutes, starting September 30. This limitation will only be for free users. The deadline 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.
The Maharashtra govt. on Thursday announced a partnership with Google enables digital learning in schools. This partnership will enable 2.3 crore students and teachers to access the tech giant’s blended learning programmes. Google will deploy its free tools like G Suite for Education, Google Classroom and Google Meet to enable easy remote learning. The partnership news comes at a time when everything including education has been taken online.
Google will support ‘blended learning’ – a mix of online learning and classroom approach – across 22k schools in India. It will invest $1M to train teachers on virtual education using tools like G Suite for Education, Google Classroom etc. KEF will receive $1M for lower-income households and to empower, train 700k teachers on virtual education to enable students learn from home. Students without internet, smartphone access will be reached through TV, radio etc.
Google made is its premium teleconferencing service Meet free to consumers. It was earlier available to G Suite’s paid subscriber-only. The configuration allowed only G Suite members to create a meeting, which can be joined by anyone. The free version, which allows up to 100 participants, will have a 60-min cap for video calls after Sept. 30. It allows screen sharing and real-time captions. The move is said to take on rival Zoom.