The latest beta versions of Chrome and Firefox can make high-definition video calls to one another, thanks to a joint effort by Mozilla and Google to support WebRTC interoperability.
Mozilla and Google made the joint announcements yesterday, while demonstrating a video call:
WebRTC is a plugin-free, real-time audio and video communication specification. The technology and specification are in the early stages of development, which means simply supporting the current version of the spec isn't enough to ensure interoperability. Extra work must be done.
"RTCPeerConnection (also known simply as PeerConnection or PC) interoperability means that developers can now create Firefox WebRTC applications that make direct audio/video calls to Chrome WebRTC applications without having to install a third-party plugin," Mozilla said. "Because the functionality is now baked into the browser, users can avoid problems with first-time installs and buggy plugins, and developers can deploy their apps much more easily and universally."