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August 14, 2013

AnyMeeting Become First 'Full-Featured' Conferencing Provider to Support WebRTC

AnyMeeting is a provider of Web conferencing and webinar services aimed at small businesses, enabling users to both host and attend Web-based conferences and meetings, while also sharing their desktop screen with remote users. Being a Web-based video service, it’s reasonable to assume that AnyMeeting and WebRTC would be a match made in heaven.

However, even though WebRTC has been supported by Google Chrome since November of last year, and is now supported by Firefox, AnyMeeting held off on supporting the standard — until now, that is.

It may have taken awhile, but AnyMeeting now supports WebRTC and, to be honest, the wait was probably worth it. After all, it’s better to know that the company took its time implementing such a drastic change rather than rushing it out the door.

Keen observers likely could have guessed that this support was in the cards for quite some time. After all, AnyMeeting hosted its own WebRTC Hackathon back in January. If that doesn’t suggest dedication to the technology, it’s hard to say what does.

So, aside from eliminating the need for plug-ins of any kind, how does WebRTC benefit AnyMeeting? Well, for the time being, it seems that adding support for the standard is a way to make AnyMeeting future proof, while making it more lightweight. Considering the exciting innovations being made in WebRTC every day, though, it’s only a matter of time before AnyMeeting is able to integrate cool, new features thanks to its new WebRTC base.

Indeed, AnyMeeting seems very excited about this change and is quick to point out that it is the first “full featured Web conferencing provider” to implement WebRTC. This is an important distinction to note as UberConference, for example, began supporting WebRTC in November but its service is much more straightforward and focused around call conferencing, while AnyMeeting offers more advanced features and webinar capabilities.

Edited by Ryan Sartor
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