WebRTC: VoIP and Video Chat Right in Your Browser

VOIP 2013 WebRTC: VoIP and Video Chat Right in Your BrowserHTML5 Rocks and WebRTC Makes Browsers “Talk”

The Internet was born as quite a chaotic space and since then there have been quite few regulations in it. Now the time has come to do something about it and World Wide Web Consortium, which is the main international standards organization for the WWW is working over a new specification of the web, which includes HTML5. The recent buzz on the Web is connected with one of its key elements, namely WebRTC project – an API which enables voice calling, video chat and P2P file sharing between browsers without additional plugins. It means that to call a friend on the Web you do not have to open or install an additional piece of software – your current browser will be enough for that.

Big Guys Welcome the Idea with Open Arms

The technology will be easily implemented into web resources and the powered media stream will adapt to the Internet speed at the receiving device, which is definitely an advantage for mobile users and good news for any mobile application developer. Besides, as it is based on open-sourced VP8 videocodec, it will be free from most proprietary rights issues, which H.264 faces nowadays. Most web resources will be easily upgraded to provide the new functionality and attract new visitors. The final word rests, however, with big web market players.

There are lots of those who see the benefits and foresee the future success of the idea. Mozilla has joined the range of WebRTC welcoming browsers, providing quite a convincing argument for the discussion whether the technology is worth experimenting. The add-on will appear in production only in April, nevertheless, that’s an important milestone for the emerging technology. Among other supporters there are Chrome, which adheres to it since version 17, and Opera – since version 12. It must be noted that the whole concept is persistently backed and pushed by the guys from Google. Maybe they view it as a rising competitor to Microsoft’s Skype?

Microsoft and Apple: Any Objections?

Surely, the ranks of the opposition are not that thin with Microsoft ahead. The company tried to promote its own idea of browser-inbuilt video platform with quite a jaw-breaking name. The offer was turned down at one of the Consortium meetings dismissing all the common charges in its being dominated by top IT corporations. Maybe the thing is that the other party concerned is also a large multinational? One must not discount Apple either. The company keeps silent on the issue and the reasons for that might be different. Is it afraid for its FaceTime or is it hoping that all HTML5 initiative will be doomed? Or is it choosing which bandwagon to jump on?

What’s in Store for the Promising Initiative?

In general, an option to transmit live video and audio without any difficulty and proprietary rights limitations opens shiny horizons, significantly altering the landscape. It will influence the way products and services are promoted to the market. It will contribute to the communication-enabled business processes. It will open new possibilities and provide new requirements to website necessary equipment. No doubt, technologies of the kind do change the world. The question remains whether WebRTC will become such a technology.

“i’s” and “t’s” to Dot and Cross

The future of WebRTC seems promising and shining; however, some people keep on asking cautious questions about security, productivity and an array of other issues of vital importance. WebRTC is new, and nobody has any real experience in it. Even those aware of the technology can not help making suggestions. Will it fit into the enterprise world? Will it alter the unified communications sphere? Will it deliver true interoperability? However, even most important technical sides are not that clear. How will it support an array of codecs and HD video available in any network? Will it work if participants have different web-clients?

Enterprise Connect conference, one of the major IT events of the year, which will start March 18 in Orlando, Florida, will dot its “i’s” and cross its “t’s”. Representatives of the provider company promise to dwell on enterprise standards, solution requirements, security and interoperability issues.

While big market players are calculating the most profitable decision and choose what horse to bet, others are busy with activities of their own. Owners of web resources, eager to implement the possibility in strategic plans of theirs, as well as web developers, understanding who will engage in the feature implementation, are rubbing hands and anticipating profits. Common web surfers are ready to enjoy a new possibility that they will be provided in the near future.

Well, we’ll have to see all that!

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