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  1. Google is capping Meet’s formerly unlimited group video calls to an hour for free accounts Google quietly stopped extending unlimited calls at the end of June Google has brought an end to its effectively “unlimited” group video calls in Meet for free Gmail accounts, according to support pages spotted by 9to5Google. Now users with free accounts logging on to Meet will have group calls capped at an hour rather than the previous 24-hour meeting duration. Google’s unlimited group meeting offer was helpful because so many traditionally in-person functions moved online due to COVID-19. Not having to worry about a call cutting out or creating new meeting links meant you could leave your video call on during long family get-togethers. Meet was opened up to non-enterprise users in April last year to better compete with Zoom, and at the time Google promised to keep unlimited meetings in place until September 30th, 2020. The company later extended that window into March of 2021, and then again until the end of June. Google still allows one-on-one calls to last as long as you need, but heading into the second pandemic summer, longer group calls will now cost extra — like a currently $7.99 per month subscription to Google’s Workspace Individual tier ($9.99 a month after January 2022). Like Google, Zoom’s one-on-one calls are unlimited and free, but group calls have been handled differently. Zoom has periodically expanded beyond its 40 minute meeting limit during specific holidays like Christmas, Hanukkah, and New Year’s Eve. Meet, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams all started out as business communications products that were adopted by non-business users in the early days of the pandemic. Now that some of the freebies are going away, it’ll be interesting to see which services people stick with. Google is capping Meet’s formerly unlimited group video calls to an hour for free accounts
  2. Google Meet now lets you blur or replace your background on iOS Google rolled out last month the ability to blur or replace video chat backgrounds in Meet on Android. At that time, the search giant vowed to expand the feature to iOS sometime in the future. Today, the search giant made good on its promise as it announced the availability of the feature on Apple's mobile devices. You can now blur or replace your background with any image hand-picked by Google. This includes photos of office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backgrounds, among others. On top of Google's recommended image, you can also set your own photos as your meeting background. This is in contrast to how the feature is implemented in Android, where you can choose only from Google's pre-selected images. That said, the Mountain View-based giant promised to add the ability to select your personal images as your background on Android soon. The feature comes in handy if you want to customize your background or put your messy surroundings out of sight when videoconferencing. And like on Android, you will need to manually switch on the capability on iOS since it's turned off by default. You can head over to Meet's support page to learn how to enable the feature. In terms of compatibility, the feature works only with iPhone 8 and up, iPad 5th generation and up, or iOS 12 and later. It's now available to all Workspace and G Suite Basic/Business customers as well as those who are using personal Google accounts. Google Meet now lets you blur or replace your background on iOS
  3. Google Meet tile view comes to mobile, starting on iOS Last year, Google’s video calling app gained an improved desktop layout to help you see everyone in large meetings. The Google Meet tile view is now coming to the mobile apps, starting with iOS. Google briefly announced the new Android and iOS view at the start of this month when laying out its plans for the future of work, and a new Workspace Frontline tier. The mobile tile view lets you see more people at once. Up to eight participants can appear simultaneously with any additional people noted in the bottom-right corner. Each box features the person’s name, while talk status is noted in the top-right corner. Google today said that the tile view is now rolling out to Meet on iOS, which presumably includes both the dedicated app and integrated experience inside Gmail. It’s “coming soon” for Android. This year, the company plans to improve the Google Meet experience on mobile. For example, “split-screen and picture-in-picture support on Meet mobile will help you seamlessly chat or browse your Gmail without missing the visual thread of a meeting.” Background replacement, Q&A, and polls will also soon be available. More broadly, Meet is focusing on second-screen experiences that allow you to use a mix of devices to host calls. With new second-screen capabilities, people can present and fully participate in the Google Meet experience, including with chat, polls, and Q&As, from any device, no matter where they are. Source: Google Meet tile view comes to mobile, starting on iOS
  4. PSA: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th The company temporarily gave all users free meetings with no time limit earlier this year Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google said in April it would allow unlimited-length meetings in its Google Meet video chat platform for all users until September 30th, and it looks like the company is sticking with that timeline. After September 30th, free versions of Meet will be limited to meetings no longer than 60 minutes. “We don’t have anything to communicate regarding changes to the promo and advanced features expiring,” a Google spokesperson told The Verge in an email Friday. “If this changes, we’ll be sure to let you know.” Under the extension, anyone with a Google account could create free meetings with up to 100 people, and with no time limit. Also going away September 30th are access to advanced features for G Suite and G Suite for Education customers, including allowing meetings of up to 250 participants, live-streams of up to 100,000 people within a single domain, and the ability to save meeting recordings to Google Drive. Those features are normally only available to customers on the “enterprise” tier of G Suite, which costs $25 per user per month. Google Meet and other videconferencing platforms have been chasing the meteoric rise of Zoom during the coronavirus pandemic, with Meet passing 100 million daily participants back in April. Of course what this deadline means for most users who don’t want to upgrade to a paid Meet plan is that they’ll have to limit their conference calls to 60 minutes or less. Not... really seeing the downside there. PSA: Google Meet to limit meetings to 60 minutes on free plans September 30th
  5. Google Meet for Android gets a new UI that looks similar to the Gmail tab integration Google is rolling out a new user interface for Google Meet's Android app. The new UI is similar to the Meet integration that Google has rolled out in the Gmail app and the Meet app on iOS received last month. The new UI has a cleaner and more modern look and allows one to quickly share meeting information with others, start a Meet call instantly, or schedule a Meet call in Google Calendar using the 'New meeting' button. One can also quickly join a meeting by using the 'Join a meeting' button at the top. All upcoming scheduled meetings are also shown when one opens the app for better planning. The new UI is better than the one it replaces which opened immediately with the camera view and allowed one to enter the "Meeting code" to join an existing meeting or start a "New meeting." As per Google, the new UI has already been fully rolled out on Android and it is available to all G Suite customers including Essentials, Business Starter, Business Standard, Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, and even users with personal Google accounts. Google recently extended unlimited Meet calls for Gmail accounts until March 31, 2021. It has also been rolling out new features to the service, with Q&A and polls functionality coming this month. Google Meet for Android gets a new UI that looks similar to the Gmail tab integration
  6. Google Meet’s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android It’s been available on the web since June Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is rolling out its impressive noise cancelation in Google Meet to Android and iOS, but unfortunately, it won’t be available to everybody — you have to be a G Suite Enterprise or G Suite Enterprise for Education customer to take advantage of the handy feature, Google says. Google rolled this out first for the web in June. The technology is designed to dampen background noise like a keyboard or a barking dog while you’re on a Google Meet call. If you want to get an idea of how effective it can be, check out this VentureBeat video from June of Serge Lachapelle, a G Suite director of product management, demonstrating how the noise cancelation technology quiets a crinkling bag of snacks, a clicking pen, and a clinking glass (skip to 1:50 for the noise cancelation demo): Google’s G Suite Updates blog says the noise cancelation feature is turned off by default on mobile, but you can turn it on while on a call by accessing the call’s settings. (Here’s Google’s guide on how to do that.) The feature is rolling out starting today and should be fully rolled out within a few days. Google Meet’s noise cancelation feature is rolling out on iOS and Android
  7. Gmail and Google Meet get major security boost New updates will help further protect remote workers and students online (Image credit: Google) Google has announced a number of new updates that provide even stronger security in Gmail, Meet and Chat in an effort to better help people working from home stay secure. In order to keep Gmail's entire ecosystem secure, the search giant has announced the pilot of its new Brand Indicators for Message Identification (BIMI) standard. The BIMI pilot will enable organizations, that authenticate their emails using DMARC, to validate ownership of their corporate logos and securely transmit them to Google. After these authenticated emails pass Google's anti-abuse checks, Gmail will begin displaying an organization's logo in the service's avatar slot so that users know these emails come directly from a company and not from someone impersonating them. Google will begin its BIMI pilot in the comping weeks with a limited number of senders. The Certification Authorities Entrust Datacard and DigiCert will also be working with the company to validate logo ownership. In order to prepare for BIMI's official launch in the coming months, Google recommends that organizations start adopting DMARC now if they haven't done so already. Meet security controls Google also announced that it will be rolling out new security controls for Google Meet in the coming weeks to help ensure that only intended participants can join video meetings. During the initial rollout, these new options will first be available for consumer and G Suite for Education accounts. First off, Google is giving meeting hosts increased control over who is able to “knock” and join their meetings. Once an attendee is ejected from a meeting, they won't be able to attempt to join the same meeting again by knocking unless the are re-invited by the host. Additionally, if a knocking request from a user has been denied multiple times, the user will be automatically blocked from sending more requests to join the meeting. Google is also giving Meet hosts advanced safety locks to allow them to better protect meetings with a few simple clicks. With these new safety locks, hosts can decide how a user can join a meeting and even require users to obtain explicit approval to join. By enabling safety locks, hosts will block all anonymous users that are not logged in with a Google account from attempting to join their meetings. There are also specific safety locks that enable the host to control how participants interact in a meeting. For instance, the chat lock and present lock will enable hosts to control which attendees can chat and present within the meeting. The new features announced for Google Meet will certainly come in handy as schools and universities plan to reopen digitally in the fall. Gmail and Google Meet get major security boost
  8. Google Meet now lets you replace your background with an image Google announced today a new update for its Meet video calling service that allows you to change your background with either hand-picked or your personal images. The new feature is available only on desktop for now. You can use either the pre-uploaded office spaces, landscapes, and abstract backgrounds or choose to upload your own photo. To replace your background before a video call, you can simply choose a meeting and then click "Change Background" on the bottom right. You will then have the option to click the plus (+) sign to add your own image or choose from any of the hand-picked photos. There are options to blur your background as well, a feature that was launched in September on desktops. During a video call, you can also access these options by clicking the "More" three-dot menu. For now, virtual backgrounds are live on Chrome OS and the Chrome browser on Windows and macOS devices. Google vows to roll out this feature to mobile devices soon. The new capability is turned off by default, so you'll need to enable it each time you start or join a call. The feature is available for all personal Google account owners and enterprise users. However, you can’t choose your own background images if you join a G Suite for Education video call. Google Meet now lets you replace your background with an image
  9. Otter.ai’s new Chrome extension can transcribe Google Meet calls in real time It works with free and paid Otter accounts A render showing how Otter.ai’s Chrome extension works in Google Meet. Image: Otter.ai You can now use automated transcription service Otter.ai to transcribe and provide closed captions for Google Meet calls with the help of a new Chrome extension. Meetings will be transcribed in real time, and transcripts will be saved right to your Otter account so you can access and share them later. Otter.ai says the extension works with all of its plans, meaning even free users will be able to take advantage of the tool. To set it up, first download the Otter.ai Chrome extension here. Once you’ve installed it, head over to meet.google.com and then click on the Otter extension. (You might need to click the puzzle piece icon to open the extensions menu to find it.) Then, you may be prompted to log in to use the extension, though I was already logged in when I tested it. From there, log into your meeting, tap the “record” button from the Otter extension, and you should see the transcription start to fill out in real time. You can also activate closed captions by clicking the button with “cc” surrounded by a box in the Otter window. But Google Meet already offers a closed captions feature, which you can turn on by clicking a similar icon in the menu at the bottom of a Meet window, so picking which to use will be a matter of personal preference. Otter.ai doesn’t just do live transcriptions of Google Meet calls; the service also integrates directly with Zoom. But to use Otter’s integrated live transcriptions in Zoom, you’ll need to be on a paid Otter and Zoom plan, unlike with Google Meet. Otter.ai’s new Chrome extension can transcribe Google Meet calls in real time
  10. Google Meet arrives in Gmail for iOS and Android as a giant new tab Google latest Meet push heads to mobile Illustration by Alex Castro / The Verge Google is taking another step toward its Meet integration with Gmail today, bringing the videoconferencing service directly into Gmail for iOS and Android. Gmail mobile users won’t need the dedicated Google Meet app to join meetings, and Google has decided to include Meet as a separate, and rather large, tab at the bottom of the main Gmail interface. If you don’t want Meet to appear as a tab, then you’ll have to turn off the Meet integration in the settings menu. Google made Google Meet free for anyone at the end of April, and it has wasted no time integrating the service into Gmail ever since. In the coming weeks, iOS and Android users of Gmail will find the new Meet tab to quickly join meetings. Google has really been pushing Meet as part of Gmail, with giant blue buttons appearing inside new Google Calendar entries. This new mobile integration is the latest attempt to go head-to-head with Zoom, the videoconferencing app that has soared in popularity during the stay at home era. Both Google and Microsoft have been chasing Zoom’s success, with new features and free services aimed at winning over Zoom users. Google Meet arrives in Gmail for iOS and Android as a giant new tab
  11. Google Meet takes on Zoom with AI-powered noise cancellation AI can remove dog barks, taps, and other background noise in your video chats. After years of wheel-spinning, Google is frantically trying to compete in the video messaging space, where the coronavirus pandemic has led to an explosion in demand for video conferencing. Meet's latest feature is noise cancellation for video conferencing, which can cut out a lot of the annoying background noises you would normally encounter in video calls. The feature was originally announced in April, but it is only starting to roll out now and could take another month to hit everyone's account. Serge Lachapelle, G Suite's director of product management, gave an interview to VentureBeat explaining how the new feature works. "It is important to say that this project stands on the shoulders of giants," Lachapelle told VentureBeat. "Speech recognition and enhancement has been heavily invested in at Google over the years, and much of this work has been reused." Once you have AI that can detect speech, apparently you can also use that tech to detect things that are not speech and remove them from the audio. “It works well on a door slamming,” Lachapelle said. “It works well on dogs barking; kids fighting, so-so. We’re taking a softer approach at first, or sometimes we’re not going to cancel everything because we don’t want to go overboard and start canceling things out that shouldn’t be canceled. Sometimes it’s good for you to hear that I’m taking a deep breath, or those more natural noises. So this is going to be a project that’s going to go on for many years as we tune it to become better and better and better.” So far Zoom has been the big winner in the pandemic video conferencing wars. The company was ready to go with the leading video conference product at the start of the pandemic and saw a 20x increase in daily active users between December 2019 and April 2020. In addition to Zoom supporting a lot more participants than the competition, Zoom has had a free tier for years, while Microsoft Teams only added free video conferencing last week, and Google Meet only opened up to non-G Suite users in April. Now both companies are scrambling to catch up to Zoom. Right now, Google is in third place. By the end of April—the company said Meet had 100 million "daily meeting participants," a metric that counts a single person multiple times for each meeting they participate in. Google released this metric a day before Meet became free for everyone, so these were all paying G Suite users. Zoom has three times that many users—the company announced 300 million daily meeting participants in April—and Microsoft is beating Google, too, having hit 200 million daily meeting participants on Microsoft Teams in the same month. Once the feature hits your account, it will be on by default, but you can turn it off in the settings. For now, the feature is only rolling out to Web users, with iOS and Android coming sometime later. Listing image by Google Google Meet takes on Zoom with AI-powered noise cancellation
  12. Google Meet will soon let IT teams disable everyone's favorite backgrounds feature Custom and preset backgrounds can now be turned off in meetings by an admin (Image credit: Google) The rapid transition to working from home during the pandemic was made much easier thanks to Google Meet and other video conferencing software. For its part, Google has continually updated Meet with new features such as breakout rooms, hand raising, polls and more. However, one of the most requested features the search giant added to Meet last year was the ability to use a custom background. With a custom background enabled, meeting participants can not only hide their messy rooms but they can also express their personality or interests while in a video call. Google also gave Meet users the ability to blur their background so that other participants wouldn't be able to see what's behind them. However, while custom backgrounds can be fun and help alleviate meeting fatigue, they can also be distracting which is why Google has added a new admin setting to Meet to control background replacement in video calls. Disabling custom and preset backgrounds In a new Google Workspace update, the search giant has added the ability for admins to enable or disable the use of custom or preset Backgrounds in Google Meet. It's worth noting that this setting is only available in meetings organized by an organizational unit (OU) level. The new admin setting will determine whether participants can change their background when joining a meeting. This means that if a meeting organizer has turned this setting off, participants will not have the option to change their background regardless of their own personal settings. For admins this feature will be on by default but it can be disabled at the OU or group level. However, the option will be disabled by default for Education and Enterprise for Education domains. Google Meet will soon let IT teams disable everyone's favorite backgrounds feature
  13. Google Meet on the web is adding convenient new options for creating and joining meetings Google Workspace users should start seeing more options on the Google Meet homepage for joining or creating different types of meetings within the next two weeks. When you click “New Meeting” after receiving the update, you will see three options – create a meeting for later, start an instant meeting, and schedule in Google Calendar. Creating a meeting for later allows you to generate a join code and set up all of the information for later so that when you’re ready to launch it, it’s already taken care of. Starting an instant meeting allows you to jump into a meeting room with a join code generated on the spot. This is the only option that previously existed here. Lastly, Scheduling in Google Calendar launches your calendar on the web and brings up a blank event with the Google Meet join code pre-filled. Before, you could already do this, but you’d have to visit Calendar manually first and click the ‘Create’ button on the top left of the website. This is simply a quality of life update, but a darn good one. I love how easy it will be to do everything from one place going forward. Admins needn’t do anything from their console to make this available to their users – it will be rolled out automatically over the next 15 days. If you have a Scheduled Release Domain, you can expect to see it start rolling out over a two week period beginning on January 21st. Business Starter Business Standard Business Plus Enterprise Essentials Enterprise Standard Enterprise Plus G Suite Basic G Suite for Business G Suite for Education Enterprise for Education Nonprofits customers Users with personal Google Accounts Workspace Essentials customers will not see the “Schedule in Google Calendar” option, but will have the other two options available. Source: Google Meet on the web is adding convenient new options for creating and joining meetings
  14. Google Meet, Google’s Zoom competitor, is now free for everyone Google did video before Zoom, but a lack of focus means it wasn't ready for COVID-19. Enlarge Google Meet 102 with 80 posters participating Google Meet, Google's newest video chat service, will soon be free for everyone. The service, which was previously locked behind G Suite, is opening up to anyone with a Google account. Users will be able to access the service at meet.google.com or through the iOS and Android apps. While the service's free tier is unrestricted now, it won't be unrestricted forever. Google says that, after September 30, meetings for non G Suite accounts will be limited to 60 minutes. If you've never heard of "Google Meet" before, don't feel bad. The branding only popped up earlier this month, when Google quietly renamed "Google Hangouts Meet" to "Google Meet." Hangouts Meet is something we've written about before, and it launched in 2017 as a reboot to Google's enterprise messaging suite, which consisted of Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Both of these 2017 enterprise "Hangouts" products have no relation to the widely used, consumer-focused "Google Hangouts" chat app from 2013, which is still part of Gmail and was a default Android app for a long time. Google claims it wants to merge all the "Hangouts" products together, but you can never be sure what the future of Google's disorganized messaging strategy will hold. Just like with its instant messaging strategy over the years, Google has really dropped the ball when it comes to video conferencing apps. Google's first efforts in video chat started with a Gmail video chat in 2008 and peaked with Google Hangouts video chat in 2013. Google has been in video chat for longer than most of its contemporary competition (other than Skype), but a lack of focus and a continual need to shut down one product and then launch a similar product under a different name left the company spinning its wheels for years. If Google could focus and put the company's massive resources behind a single communication suite that is continually updated and maintained, it could have been an industry leader by now. Instead, Google Meet will be Google's third video chat service in the market, after Google Hangouts and Google Duo. Employees inside the company are apparently frustrated with Google's market position, too. A recent article from The New York Times details how tech giants like Google and Facebook are chasing Zoom, and it ends with a great anecdote: Late last month, Philipp Schindler, Google's chief business officer, held a videoconference with thousands of the search giant's employees using Google Meet, three people who attended the call said. During the session, one employee asked why Zoom was reaping the biggest benefits even though Google had long offered Meet. Mr. Schindler tried placating the engineer's concerns, the people said. Then his young son stumbled into view of the camera and asked if his father was talking to his co-workers on Zoom. Mr. Schindler tried correcting him, but the boy went on to say how much he and his friends loved using Zoom. COVID-19's shelter-in-place requirements made millions of people turn to working from home. That led to a huge spike in video chat users, but this general availability of Google Meet already seems like it was too late to ride this wave of users. The work-from-home trend started two months ago when Google Meet was still locked behind the GSuite paywall. Zoom was ready and burst into the public consciousness as a result. By now, it seems like most of the people who were going to transition to a video chat app have already done so, and they picked Zoom. Google doesn't have a strong argument for why someone would switch from Zoom, either. Google alludes to better security in its blog post, but neither Zoom nor Google Meet is end-to-end encrypted. Both are only "encrypted in transit," which anyone who uses an HTTPS connection can claim. Your conversation might be private from the wider Internet, but it's possible that the service provider can view your meeting data. Participating in a meeting also requires a Google account, while Zoom makes it possible to join a meeting without any account at all. Zoom can secure a meeting with only a password, giving it a much lower barrier to entry. Like most Google launches, not everyone will get access to Google Meet immediately. Google says that availability for Google Meet will slowly roll out to users "over the following weeks." Source: Google Meet, Google’s Zoom competitor, is now free for everyone (Ars Technica)
  15. Google Meet starts rolling out in Gmail, continuing Google’s quest to unseat Zoom Google Meet zooms into Gmail, starting a houseparty with its other messaging services Meet, in Gmail Google has wasted no time integrating its Meet videoconferencing into Gmail, with some users already seeing a link to launch Meet in the left sidebar of the Gmail interface. Formerly available only to its enterprise and education customers via G Suite, the company said last week that it was making Meet free to anyone with a Google account and allow meetings of up to 100 people with no time limits. Putting Meet front and center is Google’s latest attempt to go head-to-head with Zoom, the ubiquitous videoconferencing app that has so far ruled the stay-at-home era. Meet will have some privacy controls that Zoom has lacked (resulting in instances of “Zoombombing”). You can’t just click a link to join a Meet; you’ll have to log in to your Google account. If the meeting host (Meet host?) has not invited you, you’ll be sent to a waiting area until the host approves you. And unlike Zoom, the free version of Meet won’t have dial-in landline numbers for meetings. Google and Microsoft are starting to catch up to Zoom in the videoconferencing space (although questions abound about how much Zoom actually has grown). Microsoft has grown its Teams app to 75 million daily active users, the company said last week during its earnings call. And Meet is adding about 3 million new users daily, according to Google, recently passing 100 million daily Meet meeting participants. But Google always has been a little disorganized in the videoconferencing / chat department. (Remember Gchat? And Allo?) Until last month, Meet was still called Hangouts Meet, for example. And Hangouts Chat (Google’s Slack competitor), is also still around, even if it’s been demoted in Gmail’s left sidebar to give Meet better positioning. That leaves Google with Hangouts Chat, Meet, and the original Hangouts (although it’ll be phased out soon), along with the Android Chat app and mobile video chat app Duo. Source: Google Meet starts rolling out in Gmail, continuing Google’s quest to unseat Zoom (The Verge)
  16. Google Meet adds new capability to simultaneously end a video call for all With most schools worldwide still relying on remote learning setups due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has been rolling out improvements to its education-focused services. Last week, it announced a bunch of new features coming to its Meet video conferencing tool, including the ability for teachers or hosts to end a meeting for everyone at once. Google announced today that it is now rolling out that capability to Google Workspace customers. Starting today, organizers have two options when they are about to exit a meeting: they can either let the other participants stay on the call unsupervised or end the meeting for everyone at once. When you click the end call button during a meeting, a dialogue box will pop up showing those two options before you can leave the call. If you choose to end the session for everyone, everyone else including those in breakout rooms will receive a notification that they've been ejected from the meeting. After that, the host must join the call again first before they can rejoin as well. Teachers can prevent participants from a previous meeting when they want to meet with their students by starting an entirely new video conference. For now, this capability is limited to Workspace Education Fundamentals or Education Plus accounts, which are the new names for G Suite for Education and G Suite Enterprise for Education following their rebranding last week. Google is also planning to introduce the new capability to other Workspace editions in the next few months. Source: Google Meet adds new capability to simultaneously end a video call for all
  17. Google Meet is getting an important new security feature It will enable Meet users to better optimize network access (Image credit: Google) Video communication tool Google Meet has announced a change to how it manages network traffic, making it easier for administrators to configure their firewalls to allow authorized traffic but block untrusted networks. In addition, the update now ensures that non-Google Workspace users receive the same protections as Workspace users. Back in January 2019, Google launched a range of fixed IP addresses for Google Meet in Workspace domains that allowed users to identify video conference traffic more easily. Now, Google has confirmed that it is introducing a range of official, fixed IP addresses for non-Google Workspace users: individuals joining calls with personal Google accounts or anonymously. “This will allow Google Workspace customers and their partners to better configure and optimize network and firewall access,” a Google Workspace update reads. “It will help non-Google Workspace domains and organizations with users who aren’t signed into Google Accounts to identify video conference traffic.” Network configuration Google also confirmed that the launch of the new IP ranges means that Meet will cease to use its old IP addresses on March 1, 2021. This may impact previously employed network optimization protocols, so Google Workspace customers are advised to add the new IP addresses to their current firewall and network configuration. Google Workspace admins should update their firewalls if they want to apply specific network rules to non-Google Workspace Meet traffic. In addition, non-Google Workspace admins should update their firewalls to allow the new Google Meet IP addresses. The new IP addresses are just the latest addition to Google Meet, which has seen a sizeable uptick in use since the COVID-19 pandemic forced many employees to work remotely. Other collaboration tools, including Microsoft Teams and Zoom, have experienced a similar popularity boost. Google Meet is getting an important new security feature
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