As part of the video conferencing land rush started by Zoom, Google moved Google Meet videoconferencing out of its paid, premium tier and made it available to anyone with a Google account last week, and now, the company has decided to integrate the feature right into Gmail, The Verge is reporting.
The source notes that some users are already seeing a link to launch Meet in the left sidebar of the Gmail interface.
Previously, Meet was only available to paying customers of G Suite, Google’s line of enterprise apps that includes Gmail, Drive, and Docs. And while anyone could join a meeting by clicking on a link, creating a meeting required a G Suite membership.
“Our approach to security is simple: Make products safe by default. We designed Meet to operate on a secure foundation, providing the protection needed to keep our users safe, their data secure, and their information private,” wrote Javier Soltero, Vice President & GM, G Suite in a blog post.
The free version of the product requires a Google account, and video calls have a 60-minute cap. It allows up to 100 participants and includes features such as screen sharing and real-time captions.