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Video App from Mozilla Brings New Life to Unified Communications

May 14, 2013

Video conferencing has brought a variety of benefits to the corporate environment including dramatically slashing expenses related to travel in addition to bringing the level of efficiency throughout geographically separated divisions to an unparalleled level. And unified communications (UC) platforms have proved highly advantageous for businesses as they can streamline operations overall and enable customers to communicate with the company through whatever channel they feel most comfortable using.

As the space continues to expand by the day, high-definition video powered via the Web has been significantly enhanced. One the latest innovations to be unveiled is from Mozilla in conjunction with graphics firm OTOY. The twosome have created an application from the ground up that will enable Internet users to “stream HD video and apps on HTML5 supported browsers,” according to a recent blog post from UC expert Teo.

 When leveraging this next-generation app, users can turn to Adobe Photoshop without being forced to utilize any sort of plug-in. The post added, “It will also eliminate the need to use QuickTime and other video applications to watch HD video. Most browsers are HTML5 enabled, which means Mozilla's app will be accessible by a large portion of Internet users.”

The app is being acknowledged for its ability to allow for increased mobility, which in turn will assist workers on-the-go to hold video conferences from anywhere they happen to be located and at anytime.

Additionally, “The impacts of the purely JavaScript-based system are multiple: for end- users, the ability to run native PC apps on any device with an internet connection and to purchase and protect content without digital-rights management (DRM); for content creators, cheaper, faster rendering and the ability to distribute anywhere viewers can type in a URL; and for open Web or cloud-computing advocates, a push away from proprietary or legacy plug-ins and an embrace of HTML5,” a separate report noted.

Coined ORBX.js, the app only requires an HTML browser of your choosing such as Chrome, Safari, Firefox, Internet Explorer and even Opera to be up and running. It is likely that many consumers will implement the application without delay in order to overcome challenges like bandwidth and expensive price tags that most video solutions demand. In fact, those spearheading the project have revealed that organizations that turn to this offering can see bandwidth savings upwards of 25 percent when using popular streaming websites like Netflix. Yet, for that to take place first big names companies must migrate to ORBX.

To see exactly how it works first hand, watch the video below:

At this time, the application will cost somewhere around $300 per year and later this year, another version will be launched with even more functions like HDR encoding.

Edited by Ashley Caputo

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