WebRTC: Now Supported by Top Web Browsers

 In video conferencing software

As an early adopter of WebRTC, we often get the question from enterprise clients “When will all browsers support the technology?’ We now have the answer.

Last week Apple announced WebRTC will be supported in the Safari 11 and iOS 11 releases later this year.  This is huge news for the industry solidifying WebRTC as a core provider of embedded communications.

WebRTC as a technology, in simple terms, gives users the ability to add live audio, chat and video streaming to their Web and mobile applications without requiring a user to download a plugin or install an application. WebRTC operates at the browser level (real-time communication between browsers) and has other capabilities such as the ability to make phone calls directly from your browser and share files.

Native support for Safari and iOS devices will now make it even easier to securely connect and collaborate with customers wherever they are on whatever device they choose.

Since its introduction in 2011, WebTRC’s support has progressed unevenly among the most commonly used browsers. Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox were early to support the technology with Microsoft IE and Apple’s Safari waiting longer to adopt the technology. To date, the technology has been used to power services in popular apps like Google Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Snapchat and Slack.

Apple’s adoption of WebRTC will open up the capabilities to a much larger customer base. The addition of native iOS support will also make it much easier to support communications on a mobile device. Further, developers no longer need to worry about whether the end user has an app installed or the correct browser. Now that we have official support from all the major players — Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Apple — WebRTC’s longevity is further cemented.

It’s expected that the WebRTC market will reach $4.45 billion by 2020, at a compound annual growth rate of 51% from 2015 to 2020, according to research by MarketsandMarkets. Some of the major factors driving the WebRTC market include demand for secure and robust communication, webification of communications and enterprises requiring improvement in customer relationships.

At Liveoak, we use WebRTC to power the HD audio, video and chat components of our conference rooms. Through Liveoak, you can send customers a link and they can click to join the conference without the hassle of downloading an app that they might only use once. Once inside a Liveoak conference, customers experience full audio, video and rich collaborative capabilities. Currently, the Liveoak software adapts to accommodate any limitations of device (namely Safari).

Native support for Safari and iOS devices will now make it even easier to securely connect and collaborate with customers wherever they are on, whatever device they choose. Needless to say, we anticipate a substantial uptick in enterprise interest and deployments in the near future – and we are ready for the opportunity.


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