Why now is the time for WebRTC - this open-source technology has finally become the new standard for real-time communications over the web
Aptly named WebRTC (Web Real-Time Communication), this collection of protocols and interfaces enabled audio and video setup over peer-to-peer connections without the need for expensive or complex back-end software. Most appealing, WebRTC made it possible to deploy click-to-start meetings without downloading a dedicated app or plug-in.
Despite this, WebRTC faced hurdles in the early years, including battles over which standards and codecs would be implemented and a lack of support from major browsers and legacy communications providers. But now we’ve reached a tipping point— with more than three billion dollars of investment involved—WebRTC is finally starting to see critical adoption.
WebRTC is now fully endorsed and adopted by all the major browsers, including Google Chrome, Apple Safari, Mozilla Firefox and Microsoft Edge.
A new wave of conferencing providers is using the software stack to challenge preconceptions about interoperability and the future of collaboration over the Web.
This is perhaps the most exciting new development around WebRTC: it is an open-source technology leveraging the expertise of thousands of developers. That means the technological playing field has been leveled among conferencing providers in a way that truly allows vendors with the most innovative product to rise above the pack.
|Why now is the time for WebRTC
Utilized by billions of users and thousands of applications, this open-source technology has finally become the new standard for real-time communications over the web.