In the world of personal computing, it is not unusual to learn about technologies that have been around for a while but are just now beginning to be implemented. We have been using LCD screens for our flat-screen monitors and television sets for about three decades, but this technology was actually introduced in the 1960s. In 2020, people are feeling nostalgic over iPod and even Zune digital music players, but few hunters of these retro devices know that the underlying technology has been around since the mid-1970s.
Web Real-Time Communications, better known as WebRTC, is one of those groundbreaking technologies that seems to be really fresh but actually dates back to the release of HTML5 in 2008. WebRTC is the future of both business and personal communications; millions of people have been using it since the World Health Organization declared SARS-CoV-2 to be a pandemic in March, but most of them are not aware of how it works even though it helps them stay home and telecommute or participate in virtual classroom education.
Among the various tools of UC systems, one of the most valuable is the ability to launch a video conference call with just a mouse click or a tap of a touchscreen. While this is mostly an internal means of company communications, it can be extended to clients and customers right from their browsers; WebRTC is the technology that makes instant video conferencing possible without having to install apps or dedicated software.