Google Meet video calls upgraded to support up to 500 participants

Google Meet has been updated with support for up to 500 participants on the video meeting service for premium workspace customers. The company has upgraded the service, which has grown in popularity as well as the rise in remote working during the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as allowing users to host calls with more participants to more expensive plans. The new limit is still half the number supported by Microsoft Teams, which currently allows up to 1,000 people to join video meetings.

The company announced the changes via a blog post, saying that customers of Google Workspace Business Plus, Enterprise Standard, Enterprise Plus and Education Plus plans will now be able to host Google Meet calls with up to 500 participants. Customers on other plans will not be covered as part of this update. “We hope that by increasing the size of the meeting, it will be easier to connect and collaborate with our associates, clients and customers,” the company said.

With the new video meeting participant limit, Google Workspace customers will be able to accommodate more users on the company’s service. However, it’s worth noting that rival Microsoft Teams currently allows up to 1,000 users to join Teams video meetings. Google Meet, on the other hand, allows subscribers to enable livestreaming, which allows up to 100,000 viewers to tune in at the same time. Google said that the new limits for eligible users will be available starting November 16 for eligible users.

Google has been updating its video meeting service with a slew of new features over the past few months, including an audio-video lock feature that allows a host to mute participants during a call.

Back in September, the company announced significant changes to its Workspace offering, which added support for making voice and video calls from the Gmail app, as part of the company’s efforts to compete with rival services like Microsoft 365.

The company is also beta testing a live translation feature for select paid users, while users are also able to use the automatic brightness adjustment feature for video calls.


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