Using a Custom Office Background for Google Meet: Quality Considerations

When using Google Meet in business, an office background will give you a more professional look than, say, a background of a beach or a forest.

In October of 2020, Google introduced the ability to replace your background in Google Meet. While Meet includes a number of stock backgrounds, you can upload one or more backgrounds of your choosing.

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Consumer Google Meet vs. Business Google Meet

Online Consumer vs Business Meeting
The consumer (a.k.a. individual) version of Google Meet is free to anyone with a gmail.com email address. The consumer version generally has the same host and attendee experience as the business version of Google Meet, which is included in Google Workspace.

However, there are some important differences between the free, consumer version of Google Meet and the business versions of Meet.

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Google Meet vs Zoom: An In-Depth Comparison

Updated: July 11, 2020

Google Meet vs ZoomGoogle Meet and Zoom are two of the most popular online meeting applications on the market.

Zoom has always been available to everyone. Google Meet used to only be available to Google Workspace subscribers. On April 29, 2020 Javier Soltero, Vice President & GM of Google Workspace, posted that Google would be rolling out a Meet version that is free for everyone.

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6 Audio Options for Google Meet

Updated: September 23, 2020

Google Hangouts Meet Screen
Google Meet, which is available to all users of Google Workspace and consumer Gmail users, is an easy to use online meeting application. As do all meeting apps, Meet supports camera, audio and screen sharing.

As far as audio hardware goes, there are a number of options. Some work better than others, depending on the environment the meeting host or attendee is in.

Keep in mind that just one attendee who introduces too much ambient noise can degrade the meeting experience for all attendees.

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Google Meet vs GoToMeeting

Updated: May 5, 2020

Google Meet vs GoToMeetingIn March 2017, Google introduced a new online meeting experience called Hangouts Meet. On April 7, 2020, the app was rebranded to “Google Meet.”

This online meeting capability used to be a major differentiator between consumer Gmail and business Google Workspace.

A Google Meet meeting could only be initiated by someone who was part of an organization using Google Workspace and for which the Meet capability has been enabled for the Google Workspace organization. However, the ability to be a Google Meet host will soon be available to anyone with a Google account—including a free Gmail account.

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Google Chat vs Google Meet vs Classic Hangouts

Updated: July 15, 2020

Google Chat Meet HangoutsIt’s a challenge to keep with Google’s various iterations of chat, online meeting and Hangouts products—as well as the branding of these apps. In fact, we need to frequently update this post.

Google now has three distinct components in this category that are a part of Google Workspace’s core services, a.k.a. core apps.

Here is a roundup of the Google Hangouts, Meet, Chat (and now Rooms) offerings.

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