Six things you need to know about WebRTC

New standard for browser-based conferencing could shake up enterprise networks

By Phil Hippensteel, Network World |  Unified Communications, insider, real-time communication

Image credit: flickr/John Graham

WebRTC (Real-Time Communication) is a series of designs and guidelines promoted by Google and others through the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and MPEG groups to provide a common stack for audio and video communications directly between two browsers.  

It already is a part of the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox and Opera. It will also work with Internet Explorer by using Google's ChromeFrame plug-in.

WebRTC provides a means of video collaboration without causing concerns about vendor specific matters like gateways, client software versions and licenses and signaling techniques. In most cases it will be possible to integrate WebRTC into the vendor's unified communications architecture. Most vendors are announcing such intentions or at least carefully watching the WebRTC growth. However, what will be the real impact of WebRTC on the enterprise and the enterprise network?  

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