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Webrtc Puts Video Chats All in the Browser

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The Web Real Time Communication (WebRTC) standard is expected to gain widespread use once it is mature, according to technology observers.

The draft standard is designed to support streaming audio and video communication directly on the Web, eliminating the need for plug-ins. The underlying technology for WebRTC comes from Global IP Solutions, which Google acquired in 2010. Google opened the source code under a BSD license with the intention of spurring its standardization.

WebRTC enables Web browsers with RTC capabilities via JavaScript application programming interfaces (APIs), and the goal is to allow "rich, high quality, RTC applications to be developed in the browser via simple JavaScript APIs and HTML5," according to the WebRTC Web site.

Google, Mozilla, and Opera support the initiative, while Mozilla created a stir when it recently demonstrated a browser-based video chat application using WebRTC for Firefox. However, the standards group still has a lot of work to do. Reports indicate the standard is going through major revisions and is being drafted in the WebRTC W3X working group.

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