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WebRTC is a framework for real-time communication (RTC) between browsers that requires no special plug-in to work. It is an open-source API that enables voice and video communication inside browser web pages.
The WebRTC standard was first introduced in 2011 and has gained popularity over the years. As of 2016, there were 2 billion browsers that were enabled to work with WebRTC. But it hasn’t been until this year, 2021, that WebRTC was recognized as a W3C and IETF standard.
Alissa Cooper, IETF Chair, said that “Voice and video over IP revolutionized the way that people communicate around the world. Integrating these technologies into the Web platform has dramatically expanded their reach. Thanks to close collaboration between the IETF and W3C to standardize these technologies. WebRTC has enabled billions of people to connect and engage with each other during the COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of device or geography.”
Huib Kleinhout, product manager at Google, wrote that “the previous generation of browser-based products were built on top of licensed proprietary technology. Various products were built with this technology, including Hangouts. Google then acquired the companies it had been licensing the technology from and made it available as the open source WebRTC project.”