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WebRTC Solutions Week in Review: Mitel, IceLink, Video Call Center, Talky

October 24, 2015

WebRTC Solutions news this week covers a number of product releases and enhancements from big and up-and-coming names in the field such as Mitel, IceLink, Video Call Center, and Talky.

Mitel’s most recent contribution to the market involves its new strategic vision for the mobile-first world. This vision addresses the business world and makes note of how enterprises can join the corporate networks with mobile networks and cloud computing. Its three-part call to action says businesses should embrace the real-time cloud, utilize 4G mobile calling, and take advantage of the Mitel mobile technology accelerator. The company’s CEO and president Rich McBee commented on the importance of mobile to everyday operations and said advances in mobile and cloud tech have made it possible for enterprise employees to better access their necessary collaboration and informational workplace tools.

With Microsoft’s release of the new Edge browser, it has moved away from the Internet Explorer past and has adopted the ORTC standard for native WebRTC use. IceLink, a third party that has created a plugin for Internet Explorer and other non-WebRTC-compliant browsers, will no longer need to provide that ability to Microsoft’s flagship product. However, it still has a job in providing connectivity between major browsers because the other major players – Chrome, Firefox, and Opera – do not natively handle ORTC. IceLink’s latest software development kit makes it possible for developers to connect those browsers and create some continuity to the browser-based communications industry.

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Video Call Center, a communications application developer for newsrooms and video studios, recently announced that, following advice from its dedicated followers, it has released the Video App Choice software for Windows and OS X. This software makes it possible for streams run through Skype, Viber, and several other proprietary video applications, to work inside video call-in shows without the need for a dedicated video switcher. Broadcasters simply host their shows inside Video App Choice and connect to users on the other supported video chat programs. Translation takes care of itself so shows can move forward without hassle.

Talky, yet another platform for WebRTC-based video communication, has also taken some user advice regarding its Talky Web interface. Although the company released a native app for iOS, Android users only had the Web interface to choose. Unfortunately, users found it clunky and ill suited to meet the demands of their small screens. Talky announced that it has made the necessary modifications to provide a better user experience. Changes include resizing the screen real estate for video streaming and making navigation less cluttered. Android users will still use the Web app, but the changes should allow them to get a more native feel that works well on mobile. Desktop users will also see these upgrades reflected in their daily use.

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