WebRT interoperability built into Chrome, Firefox

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Mozilla this week announced a major milestone in WebRTC development, namely achieving WebRTC RTCPeerConnection interoperability between the Firefox and Chrome web browsers. This means that developers can now create audio and video communication applications that work between the two browsers.

The capability is currently in an early implementation and can be found on Chrome 25 beta and the Firefox Nightly for Desktop test version.

In a blog posted on Mozilla Hacks, credit was attributed to the open web community and engineers from both Mozilla and Google (NASDAQ: GOOG). The authors noted that: "Because the functionality is now baked into the browser, users can avoid problems with first-time installs and buggy plugins, and developers can deploy their apps much more easily and universally."

In a nutshell, the WebRTC standard promises to give web application developers the ability to write real-time multimedia applications, such as video chat, using JavaScript APIs, without having to install a third-party plugin. If adopted broadly, the standard could make a splash in the enterprise communications space and could change the way such systems are implemented.

Scott Wharton, CEO of clod-based video-conferencing firm Vidtel, told FierceEnterpriseCommunications recently that "WebRTC is a 'completely disruptive' technology that will eliminate barriers to the use of video in enterprise."

For more:
- check out this article at InfoWorld
- check out this article at FierceEnterpriseCommunications

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