Over the last 2 months, Google has been polishing its G Suite platform and has now announced major updates. The company has said the updates are part of itscommitment to continue improving users’ experience globally.

Most significant are the changes made to Google Meet, the company’s premium video conferencing platform which was an upgrade from GoogleHangouts. Meet is available as part of the G Suite Package for Business but also for free for individuals on the Gmail platform.

Some of the new features include the impenetrable security that it enjoys as being part of Google infrastructure.

“It can accommodate more than 100 users in a call with up to 49 visible, including yourself in the tiled format; in call polling for quick consensus; low bandwidth usage as it prioritizes audio over video for spoty internet connections and jamboard, an online whiteboard that makes for fun brainstorming and interactive sessions- sticky notes and scribbles,” the Silicon Valley company said in a statement.

Monica Wanjiku, Demand Generation Executive at BusinessCom Africa said that hope is evident that the changes will help individuals and teams feel more connected while apart.

“Seeing more people at the same time can allow you to see reactions to what’s being discussed and more easily track multiple speakers. It helps virtual meetings feel more like in-person meetings and encourages participation,” she noted.

Google Meet also comes with a background blur feature to help limit user distractions during meetings, following the recent introduction of a noise cancellation feature that together with the blur gives users the ability to filter out background disruptions, thus helping them be more productive during meetings.

“As Google works to ensure the user experience is improved everyday, we remain committed to availing
these and more innovative solutions to those who need them. Our goal is to simplify and transform how
you work so that you enjoy a life you don’t need a holiday from,” said John Schmidt, Google
Evangelist Officer at Businesscom.

He added that the aim is to ensure user transition to the cloud is as smooth and secure as possible by providing tools that will enable enterprises to grow and compete in the modern world.


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