To help employees, educators, and students stay connected as COVID-19 spreads, Google is providing free access to advanced video-conferencing capabilities in Hangouts Meet.
Google sent to all users emails announcing the free access, giving clear instructions on how to use it and how beneficial is their feature during COVID-19: “Starting this week we rolled out free access to our advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally until July 1, 2020,” the blog reads. “We’re also adding resources to be able to support increased demand for public live streaming on YouTube. We’ve seen increased interest in affected regions as people look to be able to connect virtually with their communities when they are unable to do so in person.”
As all users have been informed, starting this week, Google will begin rolling out free access to its advanced Hangouts Meet video-conferencing capabilities to all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally including larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call; live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain, and the ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive.
G Suite and G Suite for Education are two productivity suites that help businesses, educators, and students, collaborate more effectively – no matter where they’re located – and Google says hundreds of thousands of people use Hangouts Meet and Google Classroom to do this.
The rollout affects all G Suite and G Suite for Education customers globally.
The features were usually only available in G Suite’s Enterprise edition and G Suite Enterprise for Education, but they will now be available for free to all customers until July 1, 2020.
These capabilities include:
- Larger meetings, for up to 250 participants per call
- Live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers within a domain
- The ability to record meetings and save them to Google Drive
To get started, visit Google’s learning center page, or just follow the instructions sent to you if you are a G Suite admin.
Further to the above, Google also says it will continue to scale its infrastructure to support the sudden increase in demand for Hangouts Meet, and ensure “streamlined, reliable access to the service throughout this period.”
Just because we are in the middle of a crisis doesn’t mean we can’t keep learning and connecting with the community. Many events and businesses are pivoting to virtual panels, live online events, and webinars to make up for the sudden cancellation or postponement of in-person events and conferences. That means there is a lot of opportunities to stay up-to-date on what’s happening in the marketing world and continue to grow your network digitally.
We can’t lose sight of the most important element of working from home during a pandemic: health and wellness. That means making sure you’re practicing social distancing and making the time to take care of your family and loved ones. But it also means making sure you’re taking care of yourself as you work from home. Set a schedule for yourself, make time for breaks, and (if possible) try to set up a separate area for working so you can focus– and to help you draw a boundary and stop work when the day is over.
We’re lucky at Smai Digital because we were built for remote work: because our client-facing teams need to be able to toggle between the office, client meetings, and travel in between the two, we have a lot of helpful advice around how to facilitate collaboration and work efficiently, even when you’re not face-to-face with your team.