Google Offers Access to Advanced Hangouts Meet Features to Enable Businesses Stay Connected and Productive

The World Health Organization (WHO) on 11th March declared Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak as a pandemic as disease that swept into at least 114 countries and killed more than 4,000 people.

Kenya has issued bans on entry of foreign travelers from the worst affected countries,closed schools and universities, stopped large gatherings of people and imposed dusk-to-dawn curfew to curb the spread of coronavirus.

With social distancing and self-quarantine orders in place and many people staying home as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19, working from home has gone viral. The widespread embrace of remote work is a welcome change and Kenya will never be the same again.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday 23rd March 2020 announced that Telkom Kenya has entered into a partnership with Alphabet’s Loon to beam 4G data services to remote parts of the country. This is meant to enable access to information, to enhance surveillance on Coronavirus and to enhance education in areas in Kenya.

Globally, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Google has offered access to advanced Hangouts Meet features to enable businesses stay connected and productive during this period. Hangouts Meet is Google’s enterprise video conferencing software provided as part of G Suite. Google Meet allows for interconnectivity between iOS and Android devices, making it accessible on every device.

Through July 1, 2020, G Suite customers can use advanced Hangouts Meet video conference features like larger meetings (up to 250 participants per call), live streaming (up to 100K viewers within your domain, and recording (to Google Drive to share with those who can’t attend).

After July 1, Hangouts Meet functionality will revert to G Suite Basic, Business, or Education based on the customer’s edition. However, recorded meetings will stay in the respective owner’s Drive.

Google are committed to supporting your business during this challenging time and are continuing to scale their infrastructure to support greater Hangouts Meet demand, ensuring streamlined, reliable access to the service throughout this period.

You may download Hangouts Meet for Android from Play Store here.

For Apple users please download Hangouts Meet by Google here.

To access Hangouts Meet on the web then please go to meet.google.com.

To quickly get started on Hangouts Meet please access the Hangouts Meet cheat sheet by visiting here.

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