Google’s Zoom Competitor, Google Meet, Is Now Free For Everyone!

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It seems like everyone has been zooming since COVID-19 stay at home orders began, but Zoom has major security flaws.

Zoombombing, where someone uninvited intrudes and disrupts a meeting with often inappropriate content, has even occurred during funerals that were on Zoom. It’s too easy to randomly guess Zoom meeting access codes or find them on the web.

DDF member Yehuda57 started a campaign to get people to stop using Zoom due to those problems that plague the platform.

Even kids are nervous about Zoom 😉

 

Google Meet was previously restricted to paid business users, but Google has now made it free for everyone!

You can use Meet from your web browser, from Gmail, or you can download it for Android here or iOS here.

You can even setup an event in Google Calendar with Google Meet and then everyone can join the video meeting right from their calendar alert:

I tried Google Meet out briefly on the web browser and on Android and it seems excellent!

  • You need to login to a Google account to use it, so it’s much more secure than Zoom.
  • You can invite people to the meeting, or you can share a secure link and admit them into the meeting.
  • Free meetings can host up to 100 people and will have no time limit through 9/30. After that there will be a 1 hour time limit.
  • It works great from modern web browsers with no plugins needed.
  • Meeting codes are complex and can’t be guessed.
  • Streaming quality will work better, even with low bandwidth.
  • Meet video meetings are encrypted in transit.
  • Google is promising not to use Meet data for advertising.

Will you ditch Zoom for Google Meet?

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Avrohom

Can you have the option to call in from a phone?

jr

yes you can

EB

Yes, you can call in to a Google Meet but it also has the feature that Zoom has where you can be on the Meet on a PC for video but using the phone for Audio and your voice is linked up to your video presence. It works a little differently than Zoom but with the same result. I just used that feature today.

Abraham

For sure! Zooms customer support is also from the 1940s

Sol

Well said

HW

Hasn’t this been free for over a week now?

Meet

Do participants need to login to Google to join?

yupy

why is it more secure? IT takes approx .30 seconds to set up a gmail account.

HW

Have you read the news lately?

SG

I tried Meets last night, crashed a lot on iOS, missing lots of Zoom features, for now I’m still with Zoom

Yossi

I’m pretty sure you can’t screen share on Meet. You also can’t go live to Facebook on Meet.

Feitel Von Zaidel

I would ditch zoom in a moment: especially as it is somewhat associated with the Chinese government (regardless of what they want you to believe).

Ray S

Totally agreed, Zoom might be owned by a Chinese American and claims to be based in the US, but their software is developed majority in China. The US side basically just handles sales and service. https://www.cnbc.com/2019/03/26/zoom-key-profit-driver-ahead-of-ipo-engineers-in-china.html

Joe

Hell Yes! I will ditch zoom the Chinese brand, well the Chinese government don’t share their Covid data

Juryduty

Since when do we believe Google when the promise something?

Aharon Lagnado

You can call in with google meet

Ergel

Is it so hard to add a feature where only invited people can join a meeting? Especially for Meet that it’s based on Google login. Seems like it should be easy for them to add.

Avi

All the schools are using zoom they won’t just switch. But for private meeting this can be a good alternative. Also zoom has a lot of other features meet doesnt have like phone calls, seperate rooms and other small things.

ST

My biggest issue with Google Meet is that there is no way for the host to mute all participants without doing it to each one individually. Even once you’ve done that, the participants can unmute themselves. There is no setting that only allows the host to unmute.

zooming

You can’t have grid view to see everyone at once! This make it useless for me. they better be changing this.

Harrieshe_Hocker

Yea Rebbe! Hate to say, But zoom is better – especially for school, cuz on meet it’s not really admin friendly. Meaning that the host cant really control their students (ie Mute, video, chat, no personal meeting ID – regenarates new one each time…) So as of now, zoom is much better… Also, for the oilam that doesnt have access to computers, or internet, etc… you cant call in to google meet… Basically no features on google meet that should make it better than zoom, excpet for that its security is “better” (i assume you say this cuz it regenarates a new pwd each time) and now that its free to e/o, why is it hard to hack into it? everyone who is hacking on a computer has a google account, and if not, its not so hard to to make one… #stickwithzoom

Anat

Add the extension grid view so that you can see everyone on the meeting Brady Bunch style

Mendy

Ok fine

Moe

Virtually all the Zoom security issues have been alleviated that there’s no better security now on Meet than on Zoom.

Zoom’s claim to fame why it suddenly became the go-to video conference system everyone suddenly adapted is because of its much better ease-of-use.

Any reason to ditch Zoom, which now has widespread adaption and familiarity, for a service few use or are signed up for?

Chuchum Ainer

Agree with this 100%
I’ll note though that another reason zoom’s popularity zoomed off the charts is because they jumped in when the Coronashow just started. For instance, immediately offering free unlimited length meetings to schools (a very minor perk) they got lots of free advertising

Harrieshe_Hocker

Also, you can also add a calendar notification for zoom

Harrieshe_Hocker

@anat its much easier on zoom though, is the point… its right there…

Harrieshe_Hocker

@Moe Maskim

Lcm

Having used the paid version (G Suite Enterprise), I’ll add a few points.
The paid version doesn’t require participants to login, but they still need to to be granted entry.
There is dial in from all over the world in the paid version. There is also streaming.
The funny thing is that a G Suite enterprise account for a domain costs less per account than Zoom paid version.
Another cool feature is the ability to call a US or Canadian landline from inside the meeting when you are hosting.

The biggest drawback I’ve felt, is the lack of good gallery view in the app (not in the browser).

Lcm

Correction- not even G Suite enterprise, even G Suite basic

Moe

With Zoom only the host needs a subscription. G Suite you need to pay for every user.

Lcm

To have the full features of Google meet, only the host needs G suite

Adam

meet.jit.si (jitsi.org) is a free and open source video conferencing app. Highly recommended!

Brodes18

Been using Meet ever since I joined Google late last year. Very excited that it’s been rolling out for everyone. Big improvement over Zoom. Many new features will be coming too. Main reason I like it better is security and privacy

Yehuda57

Starting a thread n DDF is considered “starting a campaign”? Wow, that’s a lot of activists you have hanging around here.

JS

Been using Meet at work for years, WAY better than zoom no comparison.

RL

Our school is using it. Even though it says it’s free and we submitted all the necessary documents, they say we don’t qualify and they are not giving me a reason. I am trying to reach out to them, but after the trial ended, we are paying full price.

Chaim

Can you record on this?

Itchakadoozie

Zoom gali gali gali Zoooooooom! Sticking with the champion of telework!

Yoye

Zoom updated their security, it’s not better than Google and Microsoft teams

Norm

This is just google trying to take everyone else’s money. Zoom made it free right away.

EB

From my experience with Meet, it also doesn’t seem to allow private messages between participants which is something that I’ve had fun using on Zoom. I actually needed it today on a Meet and couldn’t see the option. Of course, like many issues/features discussed here, it could be dependent on a) the type of account running the Meet and b) options that are configured at the time of the creation of the Meet.

Alan

Is Google Meet HIPA compliant?

Yakov

Google is too late. Everyone iz zooming.

moty

Zoom has whiteboard sharing which I am not seeing on Google!
Does it feature Co-hosts?

Marky

Google meet can share a screen, a window or a Google tab. There is an extension called ziteboard which you can use as a whiteboard. There is no way though for students to annotate.

Rabbiz

VERY IMPORTANT this is great news if you have a loved one in the hospital google meet has no time limit it can go for weeks you can put in a tablet in the hospital to stay connected with your family members. I know from personal experience how life saving this can be

RenoRich

Just tried to sign up, but:

Thank you for your interest.
We’ll let you know as soon as Google Meet is available for free.

Sign up for a Google Account while you wait.
For security reasons, you’ll need a Google Account to use Google Meet.

Yuda

The display on meet, is not as clear as zoom.

Kat man

used it last night and was really easy and clear

PatMal

The bashing on Zoom is old news, they made a security release, and if you put a password on your meeting, which you should do for any meeting service, it’s not an issue.

RabbiG

As a teacher who has been running remote classes, I find that Zoom is worlds better than Meet. Any security issues are resolved by using a password, and there is no default equality between the teacher and student. A teacher can share the screen, and the image of students remains on the screen, whereas in Meet, you need to float to a separate window. Meet doesn’t allow sharing applications, or giving students mouse and keyboard control. The best thing about Zoom is that everything is customizable within one app, as opposed to Google which needs another browser extension for anything you do. Ending a meeting in Zoom is much more effective, as the teacher can just shut the whole thing down, whereas in Meet, parents are wondering why kids are still talking when class is over. Zoom allows you to use a green screen, or to disable the option. Pretty much every Zoom feature is customizable. Zoom allows breakout rooms, then the host can force all the students back to class. Google Meet also allows everyone to share screen and turn on captions, allowing all sorts of obnoxious behavior. Occasionally, a student can’t get Zoom to run, and we use Meet. I have colleague who uses meet for an end of day first grade class and I watch my daughter in his class. It’s a disaster, I feel so bad for him.

jOJO

Meet when i use was alot better, but they lost there opportunity, if they came out free a week maybe two weeks after zoom was put free out there, then they would have got some of the share, but now everyone already has zooms, and ya i know zoom has got its security issues and we fixed that to an extent, and besides how many people are willing to change over to a new service when everyone already has downloaded and explored zoom. Sorry google you do have a superior product but that opportunity has gone. Especially if people are already slowly going back to work.

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