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Google extends unlimited Meet calls for Gmail users through March 2021

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  • Google is extending unlimited Meet video calls for Gmail users until March 31, 2021.
  • The perk was originally set to expire on September 30.
  • Google is acknowledging the reality of the extended COVID-19 pandemic.

Google’s unlimited free Meet video calls for Gmail accounts will last several months longer. The internet pioneer has extended (via Neowin) the unlimited-length chats from their original September 30 expiration date until March 31, 2021. Free tier calls were previously limited to an hour each.

Simply speaking, Google is acknowledging that the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic will last for a while. Many people will have no choice but to celebrate holidays and attend events online, Google said, and unlimited Meet calls will ensure they can “stay in touch” in the months ahead.

Read more: How to use Google Meet

The company pointed out that Meet has grown in recent months, including Chromecast-based calls on your TV and background blurring effects to hide your messes at home. Video chats for Gmail account holders are capped at 50 users, but all G Suite and educational customers can have up to 250 participants and record their calls.

The move is clearly meant to keep Meet competitive with video chat rivals like Zoom and Facebook Messenger Rooms. If Google didn’t offer unlimited free calls, it risked losing otherwise loyal Meet users. This won’t necessarily draw you to Meet, but it could keep you invested if you have a choice of platforms for your virtual conversations.

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Computer/IT remote work increased more than 50% since March 1

A new report from Flexjobs taps the top 50 companies offering remote jobs, and 11 of them are tech-related.


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A COVID-19-imposed work-from-home life may have revealed a preferable working situation for many, as there’s been a significant increase in people looking for remote and flexible jobs since the beginning of the pandemic. There’s also been significant opportunities at companies recruiting remote workers. 

Due to the popularity of the search for remote work, Flexjobs reviewed and determined the top companies hiring for the most remote jobs between March 1 and Sept 15. 

While only 11 of the top 50 companies chosen as offering the most remote jobs during the pandemic are tech-related, the computer/IT career category was ranked No. 1 in the increases of more than 50% in remote jobs since March 1. 

The career categories that showed increases of more than 50% 

  1. Computer/IT

  2. Customer Service

  3. Accounting & Finance

  4. Project Management

  5. Marketing

  6. Sales

  7. Mortgage & Real Estate

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The top 50 companies hiring for the most remote work were divided among 10 industries

  • Staffing, 15 companies

  • Tech (one is a tech staffing company, so it’s in both categories), 11 companies

  • Healthcare, nine companies

  • Financial, five companies

  • Education, four companies

  • Online retail, two companies

  • Business services, two companies

As well as one company each for solar energy, auto insurance, and translation services.

The industries that suffered the biggest losses were retail, travel/hospitality, and event-planning, while customer service, project management, and sales have done considerably better. 

Top tech companies

The following are tech companies/tech-related jobs from the list of 50 (links below), starting with the company with the most jobs

  1. Keywords Studios

  2. Oracle

  3. CrowdStrike

  4. TEKsystems (tech staffing)

  5. Twilio

  6. Tanium

  7. Sutherland

  8. Collabera

  9. Elastic

  10. TTEC

  11. Red Hat

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