first_imgMozilla and Google may compete for browser market share, but the two are of like minds when it comes to advancing the web through the use of open standards. Today, they took to the web to show off how WebRTC support in Chrome and Firefox is coming along — by participating in a video call together.Prior to the arrival of WebRTC, this kind of video calling was mostly limited to Flash-based implementations. Facebook has been offering something similar, too, but it relies on Skype to handle the calls. What Google and Mozilla showcased required little more than a couple dozen lines of JavaScript and a compatible browser — which at this point is pretty much limited to Chrome 25 or better and Firefox Aurora or Nightly.The demonstration call was also fully encrypted, and it’s certainly nice to know that WebRTC has been built with a focus on keeping the content of conversations as private as possible. The direct ones, anyway. It’s also going to pop up in more public places, like Google+ Hangouts and anywhere else developers want to offer a web-based party line.It’s no secret that both Google and Mozilla consider the web to be the platform of the future, and that could signal the end of the desktop app era. Even Microsoft has been spotted hedging its bets. Last year, a job posting revealed that the company was on the hunt for software engineers to pitch in on a Skype for Browsers project.Despite having ambitions on bringing its own VOIP app to the web, it seems likely that Microsoft will eventually support WebRTC in Internet Explorer, too. IE9 and IE10 are more standards-compliant than anything Microsoft has released before, and it’s hard to imagine the company taking a step backwards at a time when the rest of the web is moving away closed, proprietary software.last_img

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