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IceLink API Updated for Microsoft Edge Browser

October 20, 2015

Frozen Mountain Software recently announced that IceLink, a software development kit (SDK) provided by the company that enables WebRTC support for Internet Explorer as well as Windows, Xamarin, Android and iOS applications, is now supported on Microsoft’s new Edge browser.

Edge uses the ORTC standard for a plug-in-free environment that is different from the WebRTC standard supported by other major browsers such as Chrome, Firefox and Opera, but IceLink’s application programming interface (API) enables peer-to-peer streaming services between browsers utilizing both standards as well as the obsolete Internet Explorer, Safari on Mac and native Android, iOS, .NET, Mac and Xamarin environments. Internet Explorer users will still require a plug-in, but as the transition to Edge continues this necessity will be phased out and next-gen communications will be more readily accessible than ever before.

“We have always said that as soon as Microsoft announced support for ORTC, we would as well,” commented Ted Venema, Vice President of Business Development at Frozen Mountain Software. “The time has come and IceLink now supports plug-in-free audio and video streaming in Edge using the same API IceLink has today.”

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However, there is a caveat: video streaming using the ORTC standard is only available among users of the Edge browser whereas audio communications can be carried out across all of the aforementioned browsers and native platforms, in addition to Edge. This is because Edge solely supports the Skype variant of the H.264 codec, which currently can not be found on any other software; once Microsoft expands Edge with a more compatible version of the codec this issue will be quickly and easily corrected.

IceLink’s complete audio and video engines implementing the WebRTC standard provide the capabilities for a wide range of features besides audio and video streaming including media capture and playback, stream formatting, RTP/RTCP packet processing and audio/video encoding and decoding. By ironing out the differences between various browsers and native platforms, IceLink is a vital tool for ushering in the future of WebRTC and enabling seamless and flexible web-based communications.

Edited by Kyle Piscioniere

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