Microsoft hopes demo will woo Web-based chat allies

Sometimes code speaks louder than words.

That’s why Microsoft today published software demonstrating its own proposal for a Web standard enabling browser-based audio and video chat. In the demo, the CU-RTC-Web (Customizable, Ubiquitous Real-Time Communication) technology is used to set up a real-time voice communication link between Chrome on Mac and IE10 on Windows.

Microsoft has an uphill battle getting CU-RTC-Web to catch on: it showed up late to the game, well after the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) and Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) began work standardizing a different approach called WebRTC.

But Microsoft thinks its own proposal is well placed for a come-from-behind victory. That’s because WebRTC uses technology called SDP that’s difficult for Web programmers to tackle and that still must be updated for browser-based use, said Matthew Kaufman, a principal architect for Microsoft’s Skype division and the person who worked on Adobe Systems’ real-time chat technology in Flash Player.

“In reality, it turns out there are so many changes required in SDP that we’re only starting the process in IETF,” Kaufman said in an interview today.

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