The wait is over as Google Meet users will now be able to join Zoom calls directly from their own devices without having to install the Zoom client.
Initially announced last October and set to launch in late 2022, Google has finally announced that users will now be able to join Zoom calls from compatible devices. Specifically, Zoom meetings from Google Meet hardware devices and Google Meet meetings from Zoom Rooms.
While this may be welcome news for businesses that prefer to use Google Meet as their video conferencing platform but work with other organizations that use Zoom, there are some caveats.
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“Interoperability Zoom supports basic video conferencing features. Some advanced features such as polls, wired presentations, and dual screen support may not be available when using Meet hardware to join Zoom meetings and vice versa. Google Workspace Blog (opens in a new tab) reads.
The company is set to support both scheduled join and code join entries, and users will also be able to bypass the lobby if the host so desires.
Probably the most welcome news, though, is that users won’t need to update their package to join Zoom calls, and it’s supposed to be a free feature for all eligible users that includes all Google Workspace and G Suite accounts.
Account admins will be able to disable this feature, however it will be automatically enabled as standard. Rolling out these admin settings has already started, but some accounts may take up to a week for end users to have access starting January 26, 2023. Similarly, the feature will become available to Zoom users who want to join Google Calls for meetings on January 26.
Besides, Google Meet already supports interoperability between it and Cisco Webex, making it one of the most versatile platforms for many business users.