It’s been a little over a month since Google announced the major changes that will be coming to Google Meet over the next few months, including the promising new web user interface, which was scheduled for release this May.
Among other things, the new web interface will allow more space for viewing other users’ content, improve the ability to pin and unpin pinned content, as well as the ability to pin multiple tiles simultaneously, change or reposition the tile itself to avoid “zoom fatigue”, among other things.
Time goes by and now we find ourselves with changes in the launch plans. First of all, the transition period to the new interface will be quite short this time.
As we know, Google has the habit of offering a transition period of several months, where users can go to the version they call “legacy” for not calling it old, and the new version.
In the case of Google Meet, the transition period will be only 10 days, where it will be on June 1 when it will start to be generally available, where users who already have the new interface can switch between the new and the legacy, and from June 11 can no longer return to the legacy version, as the new version will already be available to all.
The rollout of the new web interface began last Monday, May 24, and is currently available to 1% of home users and business customers, with a gradual rollout set for both segments over 15 days.
In addition, Google warns of potential problems through the use of Chrome extensions, such as Grid View, recommending to remove any extension that interacts with Google Meet.
We are facing a new case in which the new update makes the use of extensions incompatible, the previous one being the update of the Google Docs engine, will we see more examples in the future?
In any case, and despite some delay, it seems that now some of the improvements recently promised for Google Meet are arriving, taking into account that it is in a sector that has become quite competitive throughout the pandemic, and that although little by little is coming to the desired normality, the segment of video calls is stronger than ever and settled in the culture of people, although mostly in the companies.
Therefore, you just have to be a little more patient to get the new Google Meet experience.