Google Meet Improves Video Conferencing, Teams Adds OneDrive Collaboration & More News

Since making Google Meet premium video meetings free and available to everyone, Google has continued to accelerate the development of new features for the growing number of individuals, teams and organizations that use the service.

Google Meet, you may recall, is a video-communication service developed by Google. It is one of two apps that constitute the replacement for Google Hangouts, the other being Google Chat. Currently it is included in all G Suite editions, as well as to anyone with an email address. In fact, if your organization doesn’t use G Suite, you can still get the business version of Meet for your team with the new G Suite Essentials, which includes Meet, Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, and more.

The development drive continues as Mountain View, Calif.-based Google looks to offset the rising popularity of San Francisco-based Zoom for video meetings and conferencing. While Meet is designed to support and scale for up to 250 participants or provide a livestreaming service for 100,000 in-domain viewers, one of the big drawbacks has been the number of people it is possible to see in a call.

Recently, to keep up with Zoom, it launched improvements to layouts that lets users see up to 16 participants, along with the content that is being shared, all at the same time. This is now being pushed to 49 users. That is not all though. Google will also enable users to create virtual breakout rooms that will make it easier for large meetings to split into smaller groups, in much the same way they can do at conferences, Smita Hashim, director of product management at G Suite, explained in a blog. […]

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