Chrome 23 entered the beta channel this week, bringing with it a number of improvements and new features. The latest beta build of Google’s flagship browser, according to Google software engineer Justin Uberti, has everything developers need “to take video engagement to the next level.”
Browser plugins have had a huge say in our Web browsing experience over the past many years but now their existence and prevalence is what’s preventing us from experiencing the Web in the best way possible across our many Internet-enabled devices. The good news is that not only are plugins dispensable but they are on their way out. However, don’t expect them to vanish overnight. As opposed to a sudden and spectacular knockout punch, they are more likely to fall to a succession of small blows like the one Google just delivered in the form of the latest Chrome Beta.
Skype is virtually everywhere. There are native Skype clients for almost all major platforms, from the PC to mobile devices to connected TVs. But what about the Web? After all, it too is an apps platform, and a powerful one at that. Even though a browser-based version of Skype doesn’t exist at the moment, recent job postings by Microsoft have revealed that an effort to remedy this situation is already underway.
Thanks to the impressively wide repertoire of modern web browsers, these days it’s possible to accomplish so many different things within them. Soon you will be able to enjoy web-based games a lot more than you already do. This is due to the fact Google is getting ready to include plug-and-play support for gamepads in Chrome.
Skype may have eventually gone to Microsoft, but that would have never happened had Redmond’s cloud-obsessed rival Google not dropped the idea of acquiring the popular VoIP service in 2009. The Internet behemoth came very close to making a bid but backed out at the last moment.
According to Wesley Chan, an investment partner at Google Ventures, the data-intensive nature of Skype’s underlying peer-to-peer technology turned out to be the deal breaker. Needless to say, the Big G has absolutely no regrets about not acquiring Skype’s “old technology” as its own efforts seem to be coming along nicely. It has now announced plans to add Skype-like real-time communication (RTC) features into Chrome using its open-source WebRTC initiative.