WebRTC can now be supported in IE and Safari
They’ve done it. It’s done.
A company called Temasys has created a plug-in that enables support for WebRTC in Internet Explorer on Windows 7 and 8, and Safari on OSX. Here’s their promo video, showing it in action:
This plug-in effectively eliminates one of the big barriers to WebRTC adoption – lack of support across browsers – as long as your users don’t mind installing a plug-in, that is.
Now don’t get me wrong, I think this is an innovative solution that could be very useful to enterprises that rely heavily on IE (and let’s be honest, it was bound to happen eventually). With this plug-in these enterprises don’t need to wait any longer to integrate WebRTC into their internal communications. But I can see open-sourcers’ heads spinning at the idea that we are back to having plug-ins for real-time communication.
What are your thoughts? Are we stuck with plug-ins after all, or will this be a short-lived solution?
p.s. For some reason, this reminds me of Jerry Seinfeld’s bit on seedless watermelons…