Why WebRTC is becoming first choice technology in online communication

WebRTC has already been famous because of the stunning pace at which top companies around the world are shifting or started using WebRTC as a standard means for delivering voice as well as video inside a web browser. The Web browser may be on a desktop computer, laptop, or any smart phone whether Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows phone or any other.

Microsoft is already working on ORTC API for WebRTC. That will enable Internet Explorer (IE) to make browser-based calls more convenient by removing the need to download a plugin. WebRTC provides a bridge for delivering voice and video communication between older platforms (such as desktop and laptops) and newer platforms (such as smart phones). Microsoft has already released beta version of Skype that supports WebRTC. But it requires a plugin in browser to be installed. In future, this will not even be required to get Skype working on Internet Explorer.

Another major development in real time communication field is the advancements in video call standards. H.264 is the video codec for WebRTC that will enable video calls within web browsers. Mozilla, one of the leaders of using WebRTC, is now working with Cisco to implement H.264 video codec support in the Firefox browser. Google is also working in similar direction for H.264 compatibility in Chrome. Cisco released OpenH264 code as open source last year. Open source H.264 support provides an affordable, economic bridge between the enterprise boardroom and mobile solutions.

Why WebRTC?

The real deal that WebRTC promises is the platform independence. Existing web browser can easily be upgraded to incorporate real time communication requirements. The major companies are investing in WebRTC because it will give them a chance to make money, save money and save time. Through WebRTC conferencing and collaboration will be just a click away. It can reduce the time required to complete tasks. Solutions are there but current solutions are very expensive and not very friendly to use. WebRTC promises these capabilities at a much lower price.

WebRTC can also be utilized for further research in Internet of Things (IoT). That will open up a new frontiers of knowledge in this field.