Zoom’s rapid ascension during the COVID-19 pandemic has been nothing short of remarkable.

Once a decently-popular app for business meetings and group projects, the platform exploded in popularity as more businesses took their operations online.

Now, Zoom is very much a household name in terms of use and popularity. But that hasn’t stopped the platform from stumbling in recent weeks — particularly in the realm of security.

Zoom’s reign as king of the video conferencing platforms may be coming to an end soon, though. Facebook has updated Messenger to allow for group video chats of up to 50 people. And now, Google is stepping in with its own entry by giving Google account-holders free access to Google Meets. Is it worth making the switch?

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Google announced that Google Meet, its enterprise video conferencing service, would be available to all Google account-holders free of charge.

Compared to Zoom, which has scant security settings, these features are a boon. In particular, the ban on anonymous users and the ability to deny entry to your room are some of the best options hosts have to stop chat hijackers like ZoomBombers.

Google also stated that G Suite Essentials, which includes Meet for teams and workplaces, will also be available for free through September 30. You will have to fill out an application to qualify, though.

Google hasn’t set a specific release date for free Google Meet access, but the company plans on rolling the feature out to specific users starting next week. The rollout will be gradual, so not everyone will get immediate access.

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