Friday, December 18, 2015

WebRTC and Microsoft Edge

 WebRTC makes web pages to see and hear through the camera, microphone, speaker etc available to the device displaying the web pages. With this two people can communicate with visual and audio support and even share data.

WebRTC stands for Web-based Real-Time Communications. It is free and the WebRTC project provides mobile applications and browsers to have communication capabilities using simple Application Programming Interfaces (APIs).  Since voice and video are involved it is complicated because of various standards it has to contend with.

WebRTC is supported on most browsers except Microsoft Edge. Microsoft Edge is the preferred browser for Windows 10 (all device types).


 Microsoft is not in the list having differences over some of the details such as Google's VP8 video codec to become the default.

Microsoft has its own web based communication which is called CU-RTC-WEB. Microsoft acquired Skype which has browser-based version of voice and video calling application and it is in Microsoft's interest to stay with evolving WebRTC.

Here is video of browser based communication between Mozilla and Chrome.



Read more on how the technology is evolving;
http://www.pcworld.com/article/2849392/does-skype-for-web-mean-webrtc-is-ready-for-prime-time.html

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