Google's communications hand reveals Microsoft's moves

It is starting to look like Microsoft rushed into buying Skype over fears that it was being out maneuvered by Google.

It all started when Google released an open-source project called WebRTC which aimed to enable Real-Time Communications capabilities in the web browser. All a browser would need is a simple JavaScript API.

Watching this move, Microsoft rushed out and bought Skype, and this morning we can see why. Google has taken its first step into having WebRTC built into Chrome.

At the moment the real-time communication (video or audio) through the web requires proprietary technology either through a client or plugin.

But when Google bought GIPS and released the voice and video engine technology as WebRTC under a royalty free BSD licence, its plans became fairly obvious even to Vole. A cloud based company can have all its comms running through the browser on a worker’s desktop or notebook.

The search engine is about to allow web developers to create RTC applications, like the Google Talk client in Gmail, without using any plugins but only WebRTC components.

WebRTC means that developers will be able to build voice and video applications using nothing more than HTML and JavaScript.

As it is, this technology will challenge services like Skype, but without anything like it or the IP to set something up Vole was in trouble.

Vole now has some time to get Skype working in a similar way to WebRTC. Google has said that WebRTC will be built into Chromium before it sees the light of day in the real world.

Digitiser claims that  that the part of WebRTC about to land in Chromium is not yet complete. At the moment only the media processing capabilities will land in Chromium. The remaining such as the JavaScript API for handling the audio and video capture and rendering will be next.

That should give Microsoft time to move to integrate Skype into its operating systems.