Google is capping Meet’s previously limitless group video calls to an hour free of charge accounts

Google has introduced an finish to its successfully “limitless” group video calls in Meet free of charge Gmail accounts, in line with help pages noticed by 9to5Google. Now customers with free accounts logging on to Meet may have group calls capped at an hour slightly than the earlier 24-hour assembly period.

Google’s limitless group assembly supply was useful as a result of so many historically in-person features moved on-line attributable to COVID-19. Not having to fret a couple of name reducing out or creating new assembly hyperlinks meant you possibly can depart your video name on throughout lengthy household get-togethers.

One-on-one calls are nonetheless limitless

Meet was opened as much as non-enterprise customers in April final yr to raised compete with Zoom, and on the time Google promised to maintain limitless conferences in place till September thirtieth, 2020. The corporate later prolonged that window into March of 2021, after which once more till the tip of June. Google nonetheless permits one-on-one calls to final so long as you want, however heading into the second pandemic summer time, longer group calls will now price further — like a at the moment $7.99 per 30 days subscription to Google’s Workspace Particular person tier ($9.99 a month after January 2022).

Like Google, Zoom’s one-on-one calls are limitless and free, however group calls have been dealt with in a different way. Zoom has periodically expanded past its 40 minute assembly restrict throughout particular holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Yr’s Eve.

Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Groups all began out as enterprise communications merchandise that have been adopted by non-business customers within the early days of the pandemic. Now that among the freebies are going away, it’ll be fascinating to see which companies individuals follow.

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