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Google Meet limits free conference duration to 60 minutes

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Google Meet users have until September 30 to take advantage of the unlimited free conference. The company announced last April that the free version will have a one hour limit by the end of the month.

Zoom and Google Meet are two of the most popular video conference tools available for remote works. Meet feels better for those who are invested in the Google ecosystem considering the privacy issues plaguing Zoom.

In their interview with The Verge, Google said: “We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring.”

Google added that any changes to the plans will be disclosed soon.

Both Zoom and Meet have limited video conferences on free accounts. Meet lasts longer with one hour of free calls.

However, now that the Google promo is ending, it seems like users may have to look for an alternative soon.

More features departing this September 30

Besides the extended Meet conference lengths, Google users are parting ways to several G Suite features such as meeting with up to 250 participants.

Users may also stream the conference with 100,000 people limit with an option to download the meetings direct to Google Drive.

For users to retain these features, they now have to pay US$25 a month for the “Enterprise” plan.

The best alternative to Zoom and Google Meet

Discord is currently one of the best alternatives to Zoom and Meet. The best part is it is free to use.

Different channels may be created to cater to each work department or to segregate one conference to another. This means that a company may conduct several meetings into one Discord server.

However, there are some Discord features that are hard to grasp for some users. Initially used by gamers, Discord is easy to use for simple voice and video calls.

Lastly, Discord uses less mobile data compared to Google Meet and Zoom which is great for people on the go.

Images used courtesy of Chris Montgomery, Allie/Unsplash

Aim Orallo

Aim is a sports leader for Decathlon Philippines. He has great knowledge of marketing, sales, and management and previously worked as a sports multimedia journalist for a huge sports team in the Philippines. He currently writes about the latest news in gaming and technology for Micky.

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