You may have heard about WebRTC, but may not know exactly what it is or how it can work for you. WebRTC is an acronym that stands for Web Real Time Communications and is an open-source software. WebRTC is one of the hottest topics in the video communications industry today and for good reason. WebRTC lets you connect over video without having to download a software client or plugin. Also, no username or password is required.
All you need for initiating a video call is a webcam, an Internet connection and the right browser. The latter could be the latest versions of Mozilla or Chrome. Using WebRTC, you can connect over video with colleagues, partners, vendors and customers at the touch of a button. It’s that simple!
In a white paper about WebRTC, Lifesize explores everything you’ve ever wanted to know about this topic. The potential numbers are huge. Currently, there are 2.4 billion Internet users around the world and the list of WebRTC-enabled browsers are many.
If you’re using a WebRTC-capable browser and visit the proper web page, you can participate in a video call. In a nutshell, WebRTC has the potential to video- and audio-enable more than 2 billion people!
With WebRTC, making a video call is very simple. Using WebRTC, you can click-to-chat on PC and Mac Internet browsers, which could make video communication easier and more accessible than ever before. All you need to do is open a browser like Google Chrome and make a high-definition video call with the touch of a button without installing any additional software. In other words, WebRTC could quite possibly revolutionize the adoption of video communication.
WebRTC could also change the way social media is consumed. Also, WebRTC can help your company become more productive and efficient with real-time document collaboration and in-person meetings, instead of endless email strings and those never-ending audio calls.
When does WebRTC make sense?
WebRTC makes sense in the following scenarios:
For no-hassle basic video chat
For integrating no-hassle video into websites and applications
For specific applications like customer support
For locked down environments that do not allow software installations
However, make no mistake, WebRTC will change the game, with making video available to more than 2 billion video systems and users. This is because WebRTC makes video available automatically without the need for software.
So, WebRTC saves time, stress, and cost. Today, WebRTC is largely a consumer play. However over time, as WebRTC is enhanced with support for additional features and capabilities, WebRTC will have a major impact on the enterprise communications world.
Now you know a bit more about WebRTC. If you want to indulge in browser-based video conferencing, then you should think about adopting WebRTC. The latter is a technology in transition, with quality issues being constantly addressed. It’s only a matter of time before this technology is adopted by businesses on a large scale. Here’s to a free and hassle-free video conferencing solution!
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