A new piece of technology makes it possible to use a browser for video calls

Posted in: Miscellaneous at 08/06/2014 19:03

It has been possible for a while to use a web browser on a computer or mobile device for a video chat, but this has required downloading a plug-in with additional software. For some people that is too bothersome or tricky to install, and others have worried about introducing unfamiliar software to their devices. Now a new standard makes it possible to make video calls through a web browser without any shenanigans.

Web Real-Time Communications (WebRTC) is an open protocol that enables web browsers quickly to set-up audio and video connections between two or more computers without the addition of new software or running a separate program, such as Skype or FaceTime. Users simply click on a link from a website or an e-mail invitation, and WebRTC opens up an area inside their web browser for the audio-video session to begin.
www.economist.com/news/technology-quarterly/21603235-new-piece-technology-makes-it-possible-use-browser-video-calls-youre

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