When Google made its Google Meet video conferencing service available to everyone with a Google account for free, the company had mentioned its plans to limit the length of each session to 60 minutes before September 30. Considering that the pandemic still shows no signs of reducing down, the software giant has now extended Unlimited Meet calls until March 31, 2021.
“As we look forward to a holiday season with fewer trips and greater events like family get-togethers, PTA meetings, and video weddings, we want to continue helping those who trust Meet stay in touch for months to come. As a sign of our commitment, today we will continue unlimited Meet calling (up to 24 hours) in the free version until March 31, 2021, for Gmail accounts, ”the company wrote in a blog post.
In case you were wondering, the actual limit for each Google Meet session is 24 hours. However, it may not reach that limit under normal circumstances. On the other hand, popular Google Meet competitor Zoom limits each free meeting involving more than 3 participants to 40 minutes.
Google’s decision to extend the limit will come in handy for those who now rely on Google Meet for online classes, virtual meetings, catching up with friends, and more. With this extension, Google can also attract users of competing video conferencing services such as Zoom, which in turn will help Google Meet evolve as the standard for video calling for the foreseeable future.