WebRTC Solutions Week in Review: New WebRTC Apps, Microsoft Edge, Unify cPaaS
This week in WebRTC Solutions news, TMC showed its love for the growing, new Web-based real-time communications technology while also reporting on the spread of related apps, support for that technology in the coming Microsoft Edge browser, and the new Unify collaborative platform-as-a-service.
Senior editor at TMC, Peter Bernstein, this week said outright that he is an “unabashed and unrepentant” fan of WebRTC. Therefore, it was fitting that he would write about the latest apps in that market. He plugged the webrtchacks website that recently featured a blog post called “Developing mobile WebRTC hybrid applications.” That post concludes that the biggest challenge for WebRTC right now is the conquering of mobile devices which, currently, work best with native apps. The post's author spoke with eFace2Face about that company's attempts to use hybrid apps—which use both native and Web-based content—to make real-time communication a reality on mobile.
Members of the tech world are not exactly thrilled with how Internet Explorer turned out. It has been a pain in the side of many Web designers and latest-technology advocates. The coming Edge browser, however, could change how developers look at Microsoft and its place in Internet access. Edge will reportedly support WebRTC through a handful of application interfaces. Software development company &yet notes that getUserMedia for the API of the same name, RTCPeerConnection for an additional API of the same name, and RTCDataChannel for a higher-level API are the samples developers should make themselves aware of.
Unify also announced this week the launch of its collaborative platform-as-a-service (cPaaS) that will allow businesses to bring together various third party software to participate in voice/video conferencing and share files through a single system. The cPaaS works with Box, Open-Xchange, and Salesforce and uses WebRTC to handle conferences through Web pages. There are also features that make file sharing and document editing easy so users' development of applications can be more straightforward and return a better product for consumers.