Novel Coronavirus is spreading like wildfire, with over 93,000 cases reported worldwide and global death toll surpassing the mark of 3,200. Facebook, Twitter, and many other tech companies have started encouraging their employees to work from home to avoid further spread of the deadly virus, which can cause the disease called COVID-19, which is believed to be originated from Wuhan in China and has reached various parts of the US, Europe, India, South Korea, and many other countries. Amid the ongoing health crisis, companies are taking special measures to ensure that their employees and their users stay safe. Now, Google, in a bid to help its users, has made some of the Hangouts Meet features available for free its G-Suite users.
As a part of its efforts to help students and employees connect as they attend lectures and meetings from their homes, Google CEO Sundar Pichai on Tuesday announced that it would roll out free access to the Hangouts Meet video conferencing capabilities to all G-Suite customers globally. The rollout will begin starting this week, and free access will be available until July 1.
…as more businesses adjust their work-from-home policies and adopt reduced travel plans in response to COVID-19, we’re helping to ensure that all globally distributed teams can still reliably meet face to face, even if employees are not in the same location,” Google wrote in its blog post.
The advanced Hangouts Meet features will allow companies to add up to 250 participants to a video meeting and live-stream content to up to 100,000 viewers within a domain. In addition to that, these features will also enable users to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
These features will be available “through July 1, 2020, to all G Suite customers globally,” Alphabet Inc CEO Sundar Pichai Tweeted.
Similar to Google, Microsoft is also making its collaboration platform Teams available to all for free for six months to help people connect with their companies, schools, and colleges using the Internet. Jean-Philippe Courtois, Executive Vice President and President for Microsoft Global Sales, Marketing and Operations, on Wednesday tweeted to announce the free availability of Teams.