Wednesday, April 29th 2020

Google to Launch Zoom-killer service called Google Meet

With the whole COVID-19 pandemic happening the Work From Home (WFH) situation is going well under its way. And some of the online meeting software publishers are making a good bank on it like Zoom has been doing for the fast few months. Now, it looks like Google wants to compete Zoom and launch a new service called Google Meet, which is predicted to be a killer app for online meetings. "We re-engineered the service we built for secure business meetings, Google Meet, to make it free and available for all. In order to give people the security and reliability they count on from Google, we will be rolling out access over the coming weeks.", says Google's website.

The Google Meet application will be capable of hosting a meeting with up to 100 participants. Client software will be available for iOS and Android users and for the desktop you are going to access it using the Meet website interface. Meeting session duration is so far unlimited, however, starting from September 30th you will be able to use a session only for 60 minutes, after which it expires. This service has the potential to eat some of the Zoom's market share as it is free features overlook the ones of Zoom by meeting duration. We shall see how things progress in the coming weeks as Google rolls out the service.
Google Meet
Source: TweakTown
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23 Comments on Google to Launch Zoom-killer service called Google Meet

#1
xkm1948
The only thing it will kill will be itself. Like countless of other Google product in the past.
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#2
Dave65
Oh yeah Google will protect you:laugh:
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#3
Tartaros
I haven't tried this zoom app, but isn't similar to skype? What happened to skype that no one uses it anymore?
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#4
Taloken
Google Meet exists for some times now, we've been using for few times in my previous job months ago.

But it was very cheap on feature at this time.
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#6
DeathtoGnomes
if anyone trusts Google with anything it should be that their information will be sold, Im still getting robo calls from using 2fa with them.
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#7
Cranky5150
"Hi we’re Google...we are here to dominate, control, and overall steal everything from you"..
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#8
danbert2000
More like Google Meat for the cancelled projects grinder. It's astounding that somehow Microsoft has a more established collaboration tool than Google. I guess developing 7 chat apps in parallel really cuts down on your ability to make one do more than chat...
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jabbadap
TalokenGoogle Meet exists for some times now, we've been using for few times in my previous job months ago.

But it was very cheap on feature at this time.
Yeah it's have been on Gsuite for a while now. A bit heavy to use(browser app) and not so feature rich than ms teams or zoom are.
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#12
Oathu
What is it? Attempt #3 at teleconferencing? They will abandon the project in a year as with everything else.
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#13
jabbadap
TartarosI haven't tried this zoom app, but isn't similar to skype? What happened to skype that no one uses it anymore?
Skype still exist, but it just like Google Duo, facebook video call etc. for peer to peer video chat. Skype for business aka lync is now-a-days called Microsoft Teams. Then there is Adobe connect(yuck), cisco webex, jitsi meet etc. conferencing softwares. I actually like the Zoom to be best of them all, cross platform, easy to use, not so heavy. If only they could get all the security woes under control.
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#14
neatfeatguy
My 7 year old uses Google Meet to connect with his teacher and classmates. It's not new.
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#16
bug
silentbogoJebuz, another one?
It looks like another candidate for this jolly place.
While funny, not all projects there were actually killed by Google. For example Wave turned into what we now know as Docs. Inbox lived for a while, but eventually all its features were folded into Gmail.
I mean, yes, Google drops projects faster than I change my socks, but this guy went a little overboard.
Funny fact: 9to5google.com/2020/04/14/google-hire-creator-of-killed-by-google/
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#17
demian_vi
jabbadapSkype still exist, but it just like Google Duo, facebook video call etc. for peer to peer video chat. Skype for business aka lync is now-a-days called Microsoft Teams. Then there is Adobe connect(yuck), cisco webex, jitsi meet etc. conferencing softwares. I actually like the Zoom to be best of them all, cross platform, easy to use, not so heavy. If only they could get all the security woes under control.
Skype for Business, Zoom, Webex and GoToMeeting are the market leaders. we are using GoToMeeting for ever at work and it's way better that all the rest imho.
zoom.us/docs/image/new/whitepaper/mq-2019.jpg
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#18
sumludus
Google could have already had their foot in the door of this market (and possibly be a market leader) if they had stuck with Hangouts, or devoted the resources to focusing the company's efforts behind any of their abandoned chat platforms.
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#19
Minus Infinity
Let me guess Google will announce it’s killing the project in around 18 months.
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#20
candle_86
Will this join Hangouts next year in the pile of failed ideas. Google these days seems to be a month late to every party.
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#21
silentbogo
bugWhile funny, not all projects there were actually killed by Google. For example Wave turned into what we now know as Docs. Inbox lived for a while, but eventually all its features were folded into Gmail.
It still doesn't solve Google's lack of commitment. Just look at Duo: it's shipped with nearly every Android smartphone (especially after Chinese manufacturers started to participate in Android One), yet nobody uses it for video calls. It's the same advantageous situation as M$ has with IE, Edge and [kinda]Skype, seemingly impossible to f%$# up... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
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bug
silentbogoIt still doesn't solve Google's lack of commitment. Just look at Duo: it's shipped with nearly every Android smartphone (especially after Chinese manufacturers started to participate in Android One), yet nobody uses it for video calls. It's the same advantageous situation as M$ has with IE, Edge and [kinda]Skype, seemingly impossible to f%$# up... :laugh: :laugh: :laugh:
Yeah, it's like an internal cultural thing. It feels like they have a team working on something and when the team or the lead is replaced they go "wth, was done here, I'll show you how to do this right". And it's starting to bite back, since Stadia appears to be quite nice, yet people keep their distance just because.
I mean, they have enough talent over there to figure out you can gut a product's internals if you need to, without touching the GUI (much) or changing the name. But they just won't do that.
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#23
Wshlist
xkm1948The only thing it will kill will be itself. Like countless of other Google product in the past.
Yeah, even if it was a real competitor I would not expect them to not suddenly pull the plug on it.
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