Did you miss Google’s email about the upcoming deadline for Enterprise-level Meet?
If so, this article is for you – especially if your institution is using Meet and have not yet upgraded to G Suite Enterprise for Education. In short, the free promotional period for access to larger meetings and live streaming in Google Meet will be concluding on September 30, 2020, as well as the promotional 50% discount on G Suite Enterprise for Education.
To help schools and classrooms stay connected, earlier this year Google had enabled advanced Google Meet features, which were typically only available in G Suite Enterprise for Education, for all G Suite for Education institutions for free through September 30, 2020.
What temporary premium features were included?
Larger meetings for up to 250 participants
Live streaming for up to 100K viewers within your domain
Record meetings to Google Drive to share with those who can’t attend
What does this mean for my institution if we have NOT upgraded?
Beginning October 1, 2020, if your domain does not have G Suite Enterprise for Education, you will revert back to the standard G Suite for Education Meet capabilities:
Meetings up to 100 participants
No live streaming
Dial-in access to meetings (US only)
Closed Captioning, viewer initiated
Will any Enterprise-level features be extended past September 30th?
Yes. To extend access to class material, Google will continue to offer free premium recordings until a new temporary recordings feature is available later this year for all standard G Suite for Education customers, at which time the premium recordings feature, offered as part of the original Meet promotion, will be removed and only be available for G Suite Enterprise for Education customers.
What are temporary recordings?
With temporary recordings, a new free feature coming to G Suite for Education, any meeting host will be able to record a meeting and share the recording within their domain for up to 30 days before the video expires. Given disparities in internet access, temporary recordings are intended to help meeting participants replay a class or meeting they couldn’t attend live. Temporary recordings can’t be shared outside the host’s domain or downloaded. G Suite Enterprise for Education licensed users will have continued access to premium recordings, which are permanently saved in Google Drive.
What do I need to do?
If you’d like to continue using full advanced Meet functionality beyond September 30, 2020, contact a specialist to help you upgrade to the G Suite Enterprise for Education edition.
If you’d like a free trial G Suite Enterprise for Education before you purchase, you can request a 30-day trial here.
If you do not take action, starting October 1, 2020, Google Meet functionality for larger meetings and live streaming will revert back to the original functionality associated with the G Suite edition that your institution is currently using and you will no longer have access to discounted pricing. We suggest notifying your users of these changes in case they have live streams scheduled or planned for a later date.
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