You may have heard about WebRTC :
Our current milestone: Continue adding functionality to the Chrome WebRTC implementation. On our list: TURN, Data Channels, Mobile.
The WebRTC initiative is a project supported by Google, Mozilla and Opera. This page is maintained by the Google Chrome team.
By Real Time Communications, it aims to provide audio/video calling and data sharing.
You can learn more by reading :
What I find interesting with this :
- As WebRTC is opensourced and plan to be a standard, it would allow any platform to integrate it without relying on proprietary or closed components, leveraging collaboration and interaction on the web.
- Google Hang-Out team already did this and presented it during last Google I/O. It was amazing to see how "easily" you could integrate Hang-Out in any web page. Now it would be possible without requiring a Google account as other provider will be able to provide same features.
- Coming end or at least a new challenger for Skype, WebEx & co
[Update 1] : The Plivo company launhed a SDK to connect webrtc and SIP (used at least for VoIP), meaning that you could mix new communication ways with WebRTC with traditionnal call systems.
[Update 2] : Another example I found interesting : thanks WebRTC, being able to adapt font-size / typography of a site depending on the distance between user and screen. Interesting way to use WebRTC to improve accessibility / ergnonomy of webapps & sites ; especially for digital street furnitures like MUI
[Update 3] : Closer everyday from us : Embedding WebRTC Video Chat Right Into Your Website