Google is expanding its .new browser shortcuts to Google Meet, its video conferencing service that the company has heavily expanded in recent months due to a huge influx of users looking to stay connected in COVID-19 quarantines, via 9to5Google.
Google has wasted no time integrating its Meet videoconferencing into Gmail, with some users already seeing a link to launch Meet in the left sidebar of the Gmail interface. Formerly available only to its enterprise and education customers via G Suite, the company said last week that it was making Meet free to anyone with a Google account and allow meetings of up to 100 people with no time limits.
Consumer Reports has analyzed the privacy policies of Google Meet, Microsoft Teams, and WebEx and discovered that they may be collecting more data than many people realize.
Companies are increasingly using virtual meeting and chat services, especially in these times of increased home working. Google has its own tools – Google Meet and Google Chat.
These were formally part of Google Hangouts, and if you have the existing Hangouts app you can still use that.
Google Meet is updating to include a Zoom-like gallery view, although Zoom still shows more participants than Meet does now.
While you were only able to see four people at a time before, Meet has ushered in a new tiled layout, allowing you to see 16 call participants at once. The new feature, which was announced earlier this month, will go live “gradually” across the world from 22 April, according to Google. The Verge said the feature should be available to everyone by the end of April.
Google is moving to stem the stratospheric rise of Zoom, by offering its own mass-scale online meeting solution Google Meet to everyone with a Google account. Starting from 4 May, Google will be enabling access to Meet to all Google account holders to help them stay in touch.