We have been waiting a long time for Microsoft to add WebRTC to its browser portfolio. That day finally came last month when Microsoft announced its new Windows 10 Edge browser had ORTC. This certainly does not immediately address the Internet Explorer population and ORTC is still new to many (which is why we cover it often). On the positive side, interoperability between Edge, Chrome, and Firefox on the audio side was proven within days by multiple parties. Much of ORTC is finding its way into the WebRTC 1.0 specification and browser implementations.
Last week I attended the Illinois Institute of Technology Real-Time Communications (IIT-RTC) Conference in Chicago. This event has a history of attracting key players from around the RTC world. It features discussion that is distilled down to the key trends and technology challenges in the industry, with very little “fluff” on top. This year the IIT-RTC conference was co-located with IPTComm as well, adding to the quality of the content.
Topics at the conference touched on many segments of RTC, including IMS, RCS, E-911, OTT, and more. Our own Victor Pascual sits on the steering committee for the Web and Emerging Technologies track, where WebRTC was given particular focus. It began with a fantastic WebRTC tutorial from Alan Johnston (co-author of the SIP specification and a dozen other IETF RFCs) and Dan Burnett (co-editor of the W3C WebRTC specification). They are also both co-authors of “WebRTC: APIs and RTCWeb Protocols of the HTML5 Real-Time Web”, and provided a fantastic expert introduction to WebRTC APIs and methodologies. This set the tone for lots of excellent presentation, expert perspective, demonstrations, and discussion on WebRTC over the next few days. Here are some discussions I found particularly interesting: