As the W3C consortium races to standardize APIs, open-source WebRTC is rapidly gaining support from major browser vendors. While Google Chrome announced support for WebRTC in its stable release, Mozilla has enabled the real-time text/audio/video chat protocol by default in the Firefox Nightly Release.
According to one report, until now, WebRTC was only available as an option in the Firefox Nightly releases. “Now that it is enabled by default, chances are that it will slowly make its way into the stable release channel over the next few months,” wrote TechCrunch reporter Frederic Lardinois.
Concurrently, Google and Mozilla have also addressed the interoperability issue, enabling WebRTC users on both Chrome and Firefox browsers to engage in video and audio chats by simply using the power of the Web instead of depending on third-party plug-ins.
As a result, this year will be a big year for the protocol as browser implementations begin to emerge throughout the year. Since it is brand new, consumers need a lot of help learning its capabilities and impact on enterprises, unified communications and call centers.
To bring consumers and vendors up to-date with WebRTC, there will be a number of educational sessions dedicated to the topic. A one day event at Enterprise Connect will offer sessions to introduce WebRTC as well as focus on WebRTC for the enterprise and customer engagement.
Later this year, the WebRTC Conference and Expo at the Cobb Galleria in Atlanta, GA will also offer companies, Web application providers, investors and developers a chance to learn and understand more about WebRTC and the ways it will change the communications landscape as well as what tools you will need to succeed.
Edited by Brooke Neuman