Microsoft Edge now supports WebRTC/ORTC. How close are we now to a complete solution across browsers?
I don’t really know…
Microsoft just announced support for ORTC in their Edge browser along with Skype for Web, and its integration to Office 2016. Consider this a huge release from the point of view of Microsoft. Launching this year alone Windows 10, Office 2016, and re-branding and “merging” of Lync and Skype, a new modern web browser. That’s a lot to chew.
Which is why the WebRTC parts of it are lacking. For now:
This kind of support is enough for many use cases, but the sad part is that Microsoft Edge as a browser isn’t garnering a huge uptake. Gregg Keizer explains the recent statistics around Edge’s usage:
“According to StatCounter, Edge usage peaked on July 30, the day after its launch, at 20.1% of those running Windows 10, but then slowly declined throughout August. By the final seven days of that month, Edge's usage as a percentage of Windows 10 had drooped to an average of 14.5%, down from the 17.2% average for the first seven days of August.”
While people are adopting Windows 10, they aren’t necessarily switching to Edge along that ride. I did the switch on my own laptop. Edge is fine, but somehow I am already too used to Chrome to change (and I do have WebRTC sessions to conduct on a daily basis).
Which brings us back to WebRTC and browser share:
The image above, taken from Wikipedia comes before Edge was released. But what it shows are three interesting trends:
Where does all that leave us?
You can find some more thoughts and ruminations on ORTC on Edge in my personal blog.