WebRTC World Feature Article

March 22, 2014

WebRTC World Week in Review

Two years into the development of WebRTC and the technology is still evolving its standards, but companies have implemented it in many solutions available today. Here are the top WebRTC stories this week.

This week was Enterprise Connect in Orlando, Fla., where WebRTC World caught up with different companies and executives to talk about their solutions and presence at the event. One of those was CafeX Communications, which walked away with a best in show award for Fusion Live Assist. The company also announced Fusion Palettes for Contextual Mobile Engagement this week, which is software that extends existing enterprise contact center functions to mobile and Web applications. Other companies focused on WebRTC at the event, including BC Social, BrowseTel, Altia, OpenClove and Biba.

Kicking off the event was a panel full of industry analysts and experts, who shared insights on the future of WebRTC. They discussed the hype cycle, the impact of the technology, the opportunities for it and what we can expect to see over the next few years.

Cisco announced a partnership with Google to bring WebEx to Chromebooks. Trollope said Cisco loves WebRTC, and this partnership definitely takes a step in the right direction for browser-based real-time communications. There are still a few questions left to answer and explore, but overall the crowd seems very excited about WebEx being brought and redesigned for the browser and Chromebooks.

TrueConf released a new version of its TrueConf Server offering. Version 4.2.0 of TrueConf Server features the ability to view and transmit audio and video from each participant in a group conference using WebRTC from any compatible Web browser in 720p. In other words, connecting to a TrueConf conference with a Web browser is now possible.

Pexip also updated its product with version 4.0 of Pexip Infinity, which introduces native interoperability with Microsoft Lync 2010, 2013 and Lync Online/Office 365. In other words, Pexip Infinity now allows organizations to meet and share data and presentations by way of almost any enterprise video conferencing endpoint, Lync client or WebRTC-capable browser.

There have been several reports out lately forecasting that we can expect to see about 130 million people making mobile video calls in just four years. One factor that makes this a possibility is the current push to deploy 4G LTE networks. A byproduct of LTE networks covering so much ground in so many regions is the technological advancements in Voice over IP (VoIP) and Voice over LTE (VoLTE).

GoToMeeting, one of the forerunners in conferencing and collaboration solutions, just released GoToMeeting Free, featuring video chat with WebRTC. Now, with WebRTC, GoToMeeting has the convenience of being entirely browser-based (on Chrome, for now) and is ideal for quick sync-ups and meetings with small teams. If you can open Chrome, you can use GoToMeeting free – it brings the benefits of WebRTC to users so they don’t have to sign up or download anything.

Check out more stories you may have missed on WebRTC World, and be sure to tune in each week for the latest news, trends and resources. Have a great weekend!


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