Hangouts is one of the few Google apps left out of the wave of funerals made by Google. For several years now, Google has been signalling its desire to close Hangouts but instead of implementing an abrupt end, the technology giant has simply been renaming the project making it a corporate service, divided into Meet and Chat for video conferences and conversations respectively.
Between the two apps, Google Meet is more focused on business customers as it competes with apps like Zoom and Skype. That’s why Meet was only available to users with G Suite accounts or through a subscription.
Google Meet might actually be able to grow as much as its rival Zoom
But today Google announced that Meet will also be available to all Gmail users. So now you can simply visit meet.google.com and host a new meeting or join an existing one.
Meet allows meetings with up to 100 participants. In addition, there are features like subtitles and screen sharing. The only limitation to free accounts is that meetings can only last 60 minutes, but according to rumours, this limit will also be eliminated.