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May 5, 2020

Google Meet Premium Video Conferencing, Soon Free for Everyone, Everywhere.

Video conferencing (built with the scalability, privacy, and security required for businesses) soon available to anyone.

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SUNNYVALE, Calif., May 4, 2020 — Google Cloud today announced it’s making Google Meet, Google’s premium video-conferencing solution, free for everyone with availability rolling out over the coming weeks. Starting in early May, anyone with an email address can sign up for Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to G Suite’s business and education users. One could use features such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time captions, and layouts that adapt to your preference, including the expanded tiled view.

“With the lines blurred between work and home, Google Meet can offer the polish needed for a work meeting, a tiled view for your online birthday party, and the security needed for a video call with your doctor,” said Javier Soltero, VP of G Suite. “We’re in the middle of a significant worldwide shift impacting communication from the workplace to schools to the home. People want familiar, secure tools that they can use across all facets of their lives.”

Google has invested years in making Meet a secure and reliable video conferencing solution that’s trusted by schools, governments, and enterprises around the world. In recent months, it has accelerated the release of top-requested features to make it even more helpful.

Whether it’s hospitals supporting patients via telehealth, banks working with loan applicants, retailers assisting customers remotely, or manufacturers interacting safely with warehouse technicians, businesses across every industry are using Meet to stay connected.

Starting next week, Google will be gradually expanding Meet’s availability to more and more people over the following weeks.

“Meet is designed, built, and operated to be secure at scale. Since January, we’ve seen Meet’s peak daily usage grow by 30x. As of this month, Meet is hosting 3 billion minutes of video meetings and adding roughly 3 million new users every day. And as of last week, Meet’s daily meeting participants surpassed 100 million. With this growth comes great responsibility. Privacy and security are paramount, no matter if it’s a doctor sharing confidential health information with a patient, a financial advisor hosting a client meeting, or people virtually connecting for graduations, holidays, and happy hours,” Google said.

“Our approach to security is simple: make products safe by default. We designed Meet to operate on a secure foundation, providing the protection needed to keep our users safe, their data secure, and their information private. We operate a highly secure and resilient private network that encircles the globe and connects our data centers —ensuring that your data stays safe.” Google added.

Schools and higher education institutions may use Meet, Google said. The G Suite for Education includes Meet and consists of free Google apps tailored specifically for schools. Google Meet could serve over 120 million students and teachers globally for high-quality virtual classes, PTA meetings, parent-teacher conferences, tutoring, and even school socials, Google stated.

Google Cloud provides organizations with leading infrastructure, platform capabilities, and industry solutions. “We deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions that leverage Google’s cutting-edge technology to help companies operate more efficiently and adapt to changing needs, giving customers a foundation for the future. Customers in more than 150 countries turn to Google Cloud as their trusted partner to solve their most critical business problems,” Google said.

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