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Google Meet: tool for videoconferencing is available for free | Stay at home

Google Meet, Google?s video conferencing program, is available free of charge to all users until September 30 this year. The tool, which normally only works for GSuite subscribers, allows meetings with up to 100 people, with a 24-hour time limit, in addition to offering features such as screen sharing and noise cancellation. Due to the new coronavirus pandemic, videoconferencing has become an alternative for corporate meetings during the home office, and even a solution for meetings between friends or distance classes.

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According to a company statement released on Wednesday (29), Google Meet will be released gradually, starting May 4, for any user with a valid email address. The program is available for Windows and macOS computers, at meet.google.com, and also works on mobile phones, with applications for Android and iPhone (iOS).

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Google Meet: free video conferencing tool is free Photo: Aline Batista / TechTudo

Google Meet: free video conferencing tool is free Photo: Aline Batista / TechTudo

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In addition to traditional tools in video call applications, such as screen sharing and mosaic layout, Google Meet also offers a low light mode, which uses artificial intelligence to automatically adjust the lighting for the conference. Another interesting feature is the possibility to add subtitles in real time, although the function is only available in English.

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Google also promises the highest levels of security and privacy for Meet users. For this, the meeting data is encrypted. Each ID has about ten characters, which makes it difficult for unauthorized people to try to guess the code. In addition, the system also uses advanced security features such as Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS) and Secure Real-time Transport Protocol (SRTP), which prevent third parties from spying on the application.

Another interesting feature that Google Meet does not allow access to meetings without logging in. As the platform has a business focus, these functions are useful for protecting important or confidential information.

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Google Meet home screen Photo: Reproduo / Google Meet

Google Meet home screen Photo: Reproduo / Google Meet

During the quarantine of the coronavirus, videoconferencing applications became widely used, especially in corporate environments. In fact, a survey by Google itself, carried out with more than two thousand people in Brazil, 80% of respondents stated that the main use of video calls to study and / or work. In the past few weeks alone, Google Meet has gained over 2 million new users and has been used for thousands of daily meetings.

Once again, it is worth remembering that Meet is a premium solution, available only to companies that subscribe to the GSuite service package, and that free use will run until September 30th. During this time, everyone will be able to take advantage of Meet's advanced tools. For Gmail users, Google traditionally offers Hangouts, which allows you to make video calls with up to 25 people.