Recently WebRTC has come into the forefront with active discussions on the VUC and now a back and forth on Twitter with some of the brighter minds I know on the subject of technology adoption chiming in. The Twitter back and forth reminds me of a group of guys sitting around the bar discussing the latest new player on a sports team, minus the beers and shots. And since we do it in 140 characters, comments are not exactly always fully explained. But I digress.
What is happening with WebRTC is actually very exciting. It means that inside the browser will be all the communications elements that allow for a high-quality audio or video call, plus the guts to wrap other real-time collaboration around (screen sharing is likely the first and most logical) but also other services like remote desktop, personalized messaging (think presence based comms) and more.
The chatter on Twitter though surrounds mobile and when WebRTC will be there. My gut tells me we'll see it first on Android, but I wouldn't rule RIM out with BB 10 given how BBM and WebRTC would be a killer combo. Some think Windows Mobile, but even if Microsoft does implement the technology inside Internet Exlporer, given their history of things not always working right, it would need to be a Skype port, as they now have too much invested in the property. Skype has been working in that direction, but so far, there hasn't been much follow up to the talk that Jonathan Rosenberg gave a few years ago on the subject at eComm so I'm not holding my breath there. And, as for Apple, right now they continue to push Facetime, so hopefully, they take what they learned from it, and put it inside Safari but again, I think it will be Chrome on Mobile that leads the way, with Firefox right behind.
What do you think?