Google Releases Voice and Video Chat Technology As Open Source
According to a Google blog post:
What might this mean for browser users and developers? Google has said that it intends to work closely with Mozilla and Opera, in particular, to get them to implement WebRTC for voice and video chat applications. Google acquired GIPS (Global IP Solutions) last year for $68.2 million.
"WebRTC includes the wideband and super-wideband iSAC voice codec developed by Global IP Solutions, the free narrowband voice codec from Global IP, and the same VP8 codec that's included with WebM. The framework also supports the G.711 and G.722 voice codecs, and it includes various other audio technologies, including acoustic echo cancellation, automatic gain control, noise reduction, and noise suppression."
Google's moves focused on voice and video chat applications that work directly within browsers are particularly notable because they're arriving just as Microsoft acquires Skype in an $8.5 billion buyout--the biggest one Microsoft has ever made. As Microsoft deploys Skype technology in its Office suite and elsewhere, it will be good to see free, open source alternatives arriving, and Mozilla and Opera are already on board to build such alternatives.