Microsoft has announced on its official blog that voice, video calls on Skype for web to work without plug-ins on Microsoft Edge. The company is also working to bring the same seamless experience to Skype for Business. Other browsers like Chrome and Firefox may continue to require browser plug-ins as before.
To bring seamless real-time communication experiences on the web to everyone, the company has made available the Object Real-Time Communications Community (ORTC) API preview for Microsoft Edge browser in the latest Windows Insider Preview release!
Windows and Skype teams have worked in collaboration on the ORTC API preview for Microsoft Edge. The company is providing latest ways to build innovative real-time communications into web-based experiences for developers.
How ORTC API helped Microsoft in making calls on Skype for web to work without plug-ins on Microsoft Edge?
“The ORTC APIs enable the development of real-time audio and video communications applications directly on top of the Microsoft Edge browser without the need to install any plug-ins. Using components provided directly by the browser, the ORTC APIs provide granular control over audio and video streams on the client machine as well as the transport layer that carries those streams over the network.”
The company wants Skype to help users reach anyone, anywhere, without interoperability concerns getting in their way. They’re making investments in standards-based, protocol-level support for WebRTC and ORTC interoperability across their platforms.
Here’s how a group video call will be connected between Skype clients and the plug-in-less Skype for Web clients using WebRTC/ORTC from different browsers:
Most probably, by the year end, calls on Skype for web to work without plug-ins on Microsoft Edge.
Article Source: Office Blogs