It seems that Microsoft is ready to meet users needs and allow the use of Skype in environment of Web network applications, not just in native Skype’s apps.
Such technology as WebRTC may speed up this process. Thus, it has become known the other day that Microsoft Corporation is looking for new employees to move Skype usage experience to global network wide-open spaces. This innovation allows people to watch video on the Internet and use audio and video chat functions more often.
Now the details. Skype protocol VoIP (communication system on the Internet) needs native environment or application in order to run on different operating systems.
With Microsoft idea implementation, Skype built in web browser will run even on those operating systems that haven’t been supported by the program before (for example, Google Chrome OS). In addition, users will be able to use Skype even on those computers where installing new programs is prohibited by administrator. New “network” Skype can be used together with other network services. News about the “chat” project became known to the public with job ads posted on the network.
Here is one of them: ”Skype development team is looking for committed, self-motivated, and team-oriented developers to bring Skype experience on to the Web.
You will have the opportunity to integrate existing Skype functions on to the World Wide Web with the support of backend services created from the ground up involving most recent Microsoft technologies.
Results of your work will be used by millions of thankful users all over the world.”
It remains just to clarify what kind of technology will be the "base" of this project. Google, in its turn, is working hard on WebRTC project, which is designed for communication on the Internet. World Wide Web Consortium (the main international standards organization for the World Wide Web) is already planning to standardize analogous technology.
Google builds WebRTC technology in Chrome, using codec VP8 for video compression. And what a pleasant coincidence, Skype applications also use this video codec. But we would like to note that Skype’s VP8 uses the latest Microsoft solutions concerning the use of VoIP service provider, and even Microsoft team members still aren’t quite sure that VP8 codec (because of software license nuances) will work with Windows or Internet Explorer.
In addition, larger number of mobile phones can decode video using competitive H.264 video codec. Its advanced features are nice performance and less use of battery power. As for VP8 codec, it is relatively new and not widely used as yet.