In addition to providing support for Chrome, Firefox and Opera browsers, Temasys CEO Chip Wilcox says the company has developed WebRTC plug-ins for Microsoft Internet Explorer and Apple Safari browsers. While the industry as a whole is waiting to see how Microsoft and Apple will support WebRTC, Wilcox notes that both companies are very active on WebRTC standards committees.
In the meantime, Microsoft has announced support for WebRTC inside Skype using the ORTC API for WebRTC, while Cisco just unveiled a Project Squared application that also supports WebRTC.
To help WebRTC gain additional momentum, Wilcox says Skylink removes all the capital investment requirements associated with building WebRTC applications by allowing organizations to make use of AWS cloud services that can be paid for on a usage basis. As a platform-as-a-service (PaaS) environment for building WebRTC applications, Wilcox says Skylink also provides the encryption capabilities needed to secure those WebRTC applications.
The Skylink web API, called SkylinkJS, is immediately available via the Temasys developer portal, and access to Skylink SDKs for iOS and Android mobile devices, which are currently in private beta, can also be requested.
In general, WebRTC adoption has been limited because of the lack of support from two of the most widely used browsers in the industry (Apple's Safari and Microsoft's Internet Explorer). But Disruptive Analysis has published WebRTC Industry Status & Forecasts Report, 2014 Edition, which estimates there will be more than six billion WebRTC-compatible devices being employed by more than two billion users by 2019. Those forecasts suggest the WebRTC market is still relatively nascent, but should see impressive compound annual growth rates starting in 2016.
The general expectation is that most of those applications will be consumer facing, but over time WebRTC is expected to replace a polyglot of existing unified communications standards that have done as much to hamper as enable adoption of unified communications in the enterprise. In fact, arguably one of the primary ways WebRTC will find its way into the enterprise will be via a raft of new classes of unified communications applications delivered via the cloud that can be invoked via browsers running on a broad range of mobile computing devices.
To enable that process to occur, Wilcox is betting that one of the primary vehicles through which those applications will manifest themselves is the AWS platform.