Google continues to actively develop its own video conferencing service, trying to make it more accessible to users. In the past, Google Meet could only be used by corporate customers as part of a G Suite subscription, but recently the service has become available to everyone for free. Now, Google developers have added Google Meet integration to Gmail’s email service.
Some Gmail users noticed that the link to access Google Meet appeared in the left side panel of the mail service interface. It seems that the new feature has just begun to spread. So at the moment it may not be available to all Gmail users.
Google integrates Meet video conferencing service directly into Gmail
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The innovation is Google’s next step in successfully competing with Zoom. This is a video conferencing service whose popularity has literally skyrocketed in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. It’s worth noting that Google Meet has privacy tools that Zoom lacked. To join a meeting in Meet is not enough to simply follow the link. First, you need to log in to your Google Account. If the meeting organizer did not invite you to participate in the conversation directly, you will be moved to the waiting room. To move directly to the conversation you need to get the approval of the meeting organizer. This approach will not allow random and unwanted persons to join the conversation.
It is difficult to say whether Google will be able to compete with services such as Zoom or Teams. But it is obvious that now is the time to work in this direction. There are many people around the world who continue to work remotely. They are using video communication to interact with colleagues. Anyway, if you did not yet receive the new Meet integration with Gmail, just wait for a few more days and it will appears in your Gmail account.