The W3C and the IETF have finally made WebRTC an official standard. WebRTC has been supported by popular web browsers since 2012 and enables peer-to-peer video and audio calls on the web.
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Valve has just pushed out a new update to its Steam client which brings the biggest overhaul to the friends list and chat feature in years. The new features will help Steam compete with Discord.
Microsoft has revealed that its Edge browser, now supports the WebRTC 1.0 API, and H.264/AVC and VP8 video codecs in the latest Windows 10 Insider Preview for plugin-free video communication.
Mozilla has announced its intentions to pull Firefox Hello, which enabled calls over WebRTC, from Firefox 49. The release for this version of Firefox is planned for September 13, 2016.
Skype for Web, Outlook.com, Office Online, and OneDrive now support plug-in free voice, video, and group video calling in the Microsoft Edge browser. Other browsers will be supported in the future.
AT&T's support for Enhanced WebRTC could bring a new way of communicating via the Internet. Those using a supported browser will be able to call and text to landline and mobile numbers.
Mozilla are readying a number of changes for Firefox 22, including fully enabled WebRTC, support for HiDPI displays in Windows, and OdinMonkey for gaming, while cookie blocking has been postponed
Mozilla has announced plans to work with AT&T and Ericsson to work on a way for Firefox web browsers to make phone calls without the use of a plugin via the WebRTC standard.
Google has announced users of the beta version of its Chrome web browser can now 'talk" to users of a beta of Mozilla's Firefox browser via the WebRTC standard, challenging Microsoft's own standard.
Microsoft has now released a "working prototype" of a browser-based audio-video chat that uses the company's proposed CU-RTC-Web standard, which is competing with WebRTC.
Microsoft has submitted a proposal for its own version of the WebRTC API, which could be used for a web-based version of Skype. However, there is another version that's championed by Google.
A recent job listing from Microsoft has revealed that the company could use WebRTC for the upcoming web-based version of Skype, which would allow it to be used without plug-in software.