Google mentioned Tuesday that it might prolong the interval throughout which clients might make limitless calls utilizing Google Meet till March 31, 2021, ending hypothesis that it might finish the free interval on September 30.
Whereas that is likely to be excellent news for many who use Meet casually to keep up a correspondence with family and friends, one function appears to have disappeared: the power to document and archive Meet calls to Google Drive, which Google had provided at no cost as a part of its authentic provide.
Limitless Google Meet calls will nonetheless be obtainable to anybody with a Gmail account, no matter whether or not they belong to a G Suite plan. “As we look forward to a vacation season with much less journey and vital milestones like household reunions, PTA conferences and weddings hosted over video, we need to proceed serving to those that depend on Meet to remain in contact over the approaching months,” Google mentioned in a blog post.
Google had prolonged the premium options of Google Meet to all G Suite and G Suite for Schooling clients till September 30, a call Google made in March in response to the pandemic. Shoppers, too, might join with a Gmail account.
Because the deadline neared, there was concern that “limitless” calls (lasting as much as 24 hours) would return to changing into a paid function for the paid Enterprise tier for Schooling, and for G Suite clients. (G Suite for Schooling is free, however Google fees $four/pupil/month for G Suite Enterprise for Schooling, and the identical quantity for college and workers. G Suite’s basic plans begin at $6 per consumer monthly.)
In our overview of what digital lecture rooms may seem like for the 2020 college 12 months, one trainer we interviewed—Invoice Vacca, Director of Tutorial Expertise at Mohonasen Central College District in Rotterdam, NY—was not involved concerning the finish of Meet’s limitless free calls, probably as a result of his lessons fell beneath the 60-minute restrict that Google usually set at no cost calls, pre-pandemic.
Vacca was extra involved about shedding the power to document Meet conferences and archive them for college students to assessment. “What they’ve finished goes to chunk faculties within the butt ultimately,” he mentioned on the time.
Google’s weblog put up doesn’t point out that the power to document conferences has been prolonged, at no cost. Google representatives didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark. We’ll replace this story if we discover out extra.