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Is WebRTC video really a game changer for conferencing?

I've heard a lot about WebRTC video being a game changer for conferencing. Is it true? Expert Zeus Kerravala explains why there has been so much attention focused on WebRTC.

WebRTC is an open source project that brings high-quality, real-time communications to Web browsers by embedding video communication via a simple application programming interface. Right now WebRTC is supported on Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox and Opera Web browsers, but more browser support is planned. WebRTC is also supported on Android and iOS mobile platforms. WebRTC standards are currently being developed by the Internet Enginering Task Force and the Web Real-Time Communications Working Group.

The reason that WebRTC video is so significant is that it brings real-time communications to browsers without the need to install a plug-in or any other software. Historically, business-class video conferencing was limited to communications between internal employees. WebRTC enables business-to-business or business-to-consumer video to be done with just a mouseclick in a Web browser. 

The single biggest limitation to video conferencing is that the legacy systems are closed and proprietary, limiting the number of participants that can be included on a single call. WebRTC removes any complexity from the technology and allows video and VoIP to scale to a far broader audience than legacy systems could.

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