Google Meet, the company's corporate video conference service, is now free for anyone with a Google account. Normally, you would need to subscribe to G Suite to use Google Meet, but Google will be removing that barrier in the coming weeks.
Google announced the change today in a blog post, explaining that while the service is effectively free today, it would be available to users in the coming weeks. Google says it wants to keep the service safe and reliable, which is the reason for the slow rollout. Preventing an overwhelming wave that is knocking down Google Meet seems like a good idea.
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Since this is a phased implementation, you may not have immediate free access to Meet. Google has set up a sign-in page if you want a notification as soon as you access the service. And in the meantime, it can be helpful to familiarize yourself with Meet's keyboard shortcuts.