Google Meet PWA is the recommended way for Meeting on Desktop. Video conferencing is now becoming a major part of work, school, and even social life for the past year and a half. Each of the contenders possesses its very own idiosyncrasies and its preferred ways of gaining access to their services.
Google Meet PWA is Recommended for Meeting on Desktop
Zoom began with a standalone app but happens to have enabled a version that now runs right on their web browser. Well, Google meet began from the opposite direction and it has embraced a browser-only experience on desktops. That is changing now with a dedicated desktop app for desktops, but as it now turns out it actually a progressive web app version of meet instead.
Google also has been heavily pushing the adoption of progressive web apps or PWAs in the computing industry. Far more than just a wrapper that is around web apps, these PWAs is trying to offer an experience that is comparable to regular desktop apps, both in appearance and behavior. Unsurprisingly, Google now happens to be presenting the Meet PWA as the best way to make use of the service on desktops.
Google Meet Web Experience
Google would not be heading right into a lot of details concerning the differences between Meet on the web and the Meet PWA. As a matter of fact, it says that it has all the features, and maybe the limitations, of the web experience. The one key benefit is just that meet would no longer have to live inside a browser tab, which happens to have no more frantic switching between tabs. Well, of course, you could always detach the meet Browser tab if you wish to.
Although Google would not block making use of Meet for web, it now happens to be recommending that users on Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and Linux use the PWA instead. Now it does still require users to have Chrome installed and requires version 73 or later of the web browser. “Installing” the Meet PWA is just as simple as heading to Google Meet’s Home page and clicking Chrome’s Install icon on the address bar.
Google Meet Image
This announcement now is really a small change that could benefit Google Meet’s image in the process. A PWA now elevates its status as a regular desktop app while still allowing Google to Focus on building their web experience that would apply to both PWA and browser versions. With that stated, Google Meet may have also lost some users that recently after the company has implemented the end to free unlimited group calls as of last month.