Until now, it was not possible to meet with more than fifty participants via Google’s Hangouts Meet. However, Google has now decided to double the number of participants who can chat simultaneously via the platform to 100 people.

Hangouts Meet was founded last year, after Google announced to split the platform into two services. It was a chat, similar to Slack, and Meet. Meet is a Skype-like platform for video conferences. The service has been upgraded several times since its launch. A year ago, for example, support for the number of participants was increased from thirty to fifty people for G Suite Enterprise customers.

This number will now be increased to one hundred people for the Enterprise customers. Subscribers to G Suite Business of Education will now be able to call fifty people at the same time, instead of 25. It is possible for anyone to participate as a guest in a meeting with audio only, as long as the total number of participants does not exceed one hundred.

Skype for Business

Competitor Skype for Business, however, supports 250 participants in a meeting. So Google is still a bit behind with that. But a few months ago, Hangouts Meet was opened for live streaming. This allows companies to broadcast CEO events, meetings and messages to up to 100,000 people.

Earlier this year, a series of new integrations was announced. Through a collaboration between Google and Pexip it is possible to have a conference call with people who for example use hardware solutions from Polycom or Cisco. Pexip previously mainly supported Skype for Business. In addition, it has become easier for third party services to provide their services with a deeper integration with Google Calendar.

Today’s upgrade will be rolled out to G Suite subscribers in the coming days.

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