Microsoft provides roadmap update for Real Time Communications in Microsoft Edge

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Microsoft released their initial ORTC implementation as part of EdgeHTML 13 last year. Last week at Edge Web Summit, Microsoft Edge team discussed their roadmap ahead for ORTC on the Edge.

Currently, Edge is working to add support for the H.264/AVC codec and laying the foundation for video interoperability within the Edge RTC stack by adding support for additional feedback messages as well as congestion control and robustness mechanisms. Firefox has already shipped support for H.264/AVC, and initial H.264 support is now available in Chrome Canary. Soon, Edge will also join the league in supporting H.264 video format in WebRTC implementations. In addition to H.264, Microsoft is also investigating support for the VP8 codec which is backed by Google within both the ORTC and WebRTC 1.0 APIs in Edge.

Once we have laid the foundation for video interoperability within the Edge RTP stack and demonstrated progress toward H.264/AVC interoperability, support for interoperability with additional codecs will become feasible. At that point we intend to begin work on an interoperable implementation supporting VP8. Because there is not yet broad hardware offload support for VP8 encoding and decoding, we will continue to evaluate the balance between RTC performance and overall system power consumption across all our device platforms.

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