It’s a rare sight to see Google, Microsoft’s arch-rival, coming out with a product that primarily benefits users of a Microsoft application. Hence, when Google launched the Google Meet add-in for Microsoft Outlook, it came as a pleasant surprise to many. On the Google Support page, the company explained that the plugin was intended to allow users of Outlook to join, begin or schedule a Google Meet video session directly from Mail or Calendar. The plugin support was however limited to the recent versions of Windows OS. Google Hangouts is now called Google Meet.
Add a Google Meet video meeting to a Microsoft Outlook event or email
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Google Meet add-in for Microsoft Outlook
For installing the Meet Plugin for Microsoft Outlook, you must have administrator privileges on your computer. Once the download is complete and the plugin is installed, you can notice 2 new buttons in the Office Ribbon for Outlook Mail and Calendar: one for scheduled and one for unscheduled video calls.
Create a Google Meet video call
To schedule a new meeting with Hangouts video call details, click ‘Schedule a Meet.’ In the ‘Meet Settings’ window that appears, enter the necessary information and hit the ‘OK’ button.
If you are editing a meeting, you can click ‘Add Meet to meet.’ This will add the video call name to the location field and provide instructions for joining the meeting. You can then email all participants with the link and meeting details.
If you want to start a video call right away, simply click “Start a new Hangout” and launch a spontaneous video call. The video call will open in your default browser.
By inviting someone as a guest on your video call, you can easily include them in the conversation. Simply send an invitation to them using the “Invite” button.