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10 January 2013
WebRTC is a standard under development by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) designed to enable browser-to-browser applications for audio, video and peer-to-peer file sharing without additional plug-ins.
This represents a significant step
forward from the days of the original HTTP technology, where
browsers could only make requests to return pages, and could
lead to applications like Instagram and Skype within a browser,
live video streaming via mobile phones and easy file
It will also enable a web developer to code RTC capabilities
into their web page for web browsers without problems
associated with development and deployment.
Which companies are backing WebRTC?
Google is one of the main players leading the development of
WebRTC with an open source project to enable developers to
easily implement their own RTC web applications. The open
source aspect of Googleâ€™s offering is
particularly important as it has made the technology available
to reuse, modify and create derivatives, preventing control by
a closed group of engineers or companies.
Google used its acquisition of Global IP Solutions to provide
World Wide Web Consortium,
Internet Engineering Task Force,
Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) is a technology protocol suite designed to secure IP communications, through authentication or encryption of the IP packet in a communication session.