Google((GOOGL) said Wednesday that the “secure and reliable” software will be available in the coming weeks to anyone with an email address, even if it is not a Gmail account. Meet was previously only accessible to users of its G Suite productivity tools, commonly used by large businesses and schools.
the homework revolution caused by the new coronavirus has triggered a teleconference phenomenon in recent months. Zoom((ZM), who suffers from security concerns, announced last week it welcomes 300 million meeting participants per day. Facebook((FB) add their own participant with a videoconferencing tool for their Messenger application called Messenger Rooms.
Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said on Tuesday when he called the results that Meet had “taken a big step” and added 3 million new users every day. Usage has increased 30-fold since January and Meet now has more than 100 million attendees in daily meetings, according to Pichai.
Google highlighted Meet’s security features, writing in a blog post that it is “designed, built and operated to be secure on a large scale”.
Some key features include admitting or denying users to conferences and denying anonymous users – two issues that Zoom has attempted to address with software updates. Zoom CEO Eric Yuan admitted that his the business “failed” on privacy and security.
Google limits meeting time to 60 minutes, but this limit will not be applied until September. One hundred people can participate in a Meet call, the same number allowed in a Zoom call, but Zoom limits meetings to 40 minutes on its free level. Facebook’s upcoming video conferencing tool can accommodate up to 50 people with no time limit. Microsoft((MSFT) Skype can also accommodate up to 50 people for conference calls for a maximum of 4 hours.
Like Skype and Zoom, Meet will retain some premium functionality for G Suite customers, including phone numbers, larger meetings, and meeting recording.