Google is making the premium version of its workplace video chat tool free until July, to help businesses and schools working remotely due to coronavirus
- Google is making the premium paid features in its Hangouts Meet video-conferencing features free until July 1, to help businesses and schools keep operating remotely as they’re impacted by the coronavirus.
- Those features include being able to have up to 250 participants per call, live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
- “As more employees, educators, and students work remotely in response to the spread of COVID-19, we want to do our part to help them stay connected and productive.” Google wrote in a blog post.
- This comes as Zoom, a leading competitor to Google’s chat tools, lifted time limits on its free product for users in China.
- Analysts say that cloud software tools that help people stay connected could actually benefit from increased usage due to the coronavirus, as more people work remotely.
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Google is giving everybody free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing features for free until July 1, as businesses and schools have been impacted by the coronavirus disease, COVID-19.