Google Meet is Google's video conferencing service targeted at businesses. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, however (and likely to compete with video conferencing giant Zoom), Google recently made Meet available free to consumers as well, just like Hangouts.
Meet allows up to 100 participants on a call at once, and includes features such as scheduling, screen sharing and real-time captioning. People can join your meeting with a web link through their laptops or the Meet mobile app.
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The free version of Meet requires you to have a Google account, and video calls have a 60-minute cap. But Google said it won't enforce that rule until after Sept. 30, so for now, you can chat as long as you want.
Meet also has a number of default privacy protections in place, including host controls (like the ability to admit or deny entry to a meeting, and mute or remove participants), complex meeting codes and encryption in transit. This seems to be Google's way of taking aim at Zoom, which saw a major uptick in users as coronavirus lockdowns began, but has since faced a number of security issues, including uninvited guests "Zoombombing" meetings.