What is WebRTC?

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 distribution.

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 Google’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 the core...

Topics: WebRTC, World Wide Web Consortium, W3C, Internet Engineering Task Force, IETF