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September 14, 2012

WebRTC Promises to Bring Major Changes to Web

There is wide speculation that WebRTC – which is now on the horizon – will bring major changes to the Web.

WebRTC, short for “Web Real-Time Communication”, is an API that is getting drawn up by the World Wide Web Consortium. An open standards project, it provides Web browsers real-time communications via Javascript APIs.

It will lead to communications on the Web, including audio, network and video components, which are used for video chat and voice applications. This means there will be sharing of audio, data and video between Web browsers.

It also lets RTC applications be developed in the browser via Javascript APIs and the HTML5 standard.

There are predictions that over 50 percent of all Web browsers could support WebRTC in just three to four months – by the end of the year.

Also, it can’t be underestimated. “This is the most significant step forward in web browser connectivity since 2004, when Google launched Gmail and AJAX was coined,” Arend Naylor, co-founder and CTO of Meetings.io, said.

It is also being predicted that WebRTC will find innovative uses in such areas as gaming and telecom. Examples are rich image and video apps on mobile browsers; the streaming of news from phones to news outlets; live support and feedback which will be added by just one line of code; and Napster could be distributed without software, Naylor predicts.

As a result of WebRTC, Naylor also sees many new audio and video applications. These could come from college students or small startups. It will also have an impact on the markets for video conferencing and Internet telephony. “You will no longer need Skype on your desktop or smartphone, nor will you need a complex Webex or a Telepresence system,” Naylor predicts. “Skype, Cisco, and Polycom will all see their conferencing technology commoditized.”

Developers claim WebRTC is easy to implement, simple to use and will lead to lower costs – all reasons to believe it will be a game-changer.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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