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Startups flock to Web RTC for browser-based videoconferencing

Tim Greene | March 20, 2014
Products based on Web RTC emerge at Enterprise Connect.

The major drawback for Web RTC is that Microsoft and Apple don't support it in their browsers. If enough users of Firefox and Chrome browsers make use of Web RTC-based applications, however, that could force Microsoft and Apple to support it in Internet Explorer and Safari, says Zeus Kerravala, principal analyst at ZK Research.

The chronic problem with video in general is that vendors have been slow to make their products interoperable, he says, creating islands of connectivity. Some service providers such as Blue Jeans Network bridge disparate technologies, but ubiquitous interoperability remains elusive.

"There's lots of video nodes, they're just not connected," says Kerravala. "Web RTC might be the technology that could bring them together."

 

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