What the End of Skype for Windows Means for WebRTC

Posted On November 8, 2016 by Gerald Baldino in Blog

Earlier this year, Microsoft ruffled feathers when it announced that it plans to transition the Skype platform from a peer-to-peer module into a cloud-based infrastructure. While the migration may eventually improve service across a number of devices, it won’t be a seamless transition, by any means.

In fact, users are already experiencing the pitfalls of the decision.

Many Skype users have recently encountered a variety of glitches with the service, ranging from improper syncing of devices and latency when delivering messages. Microsoft blamed the bugs on the difficult transition process and assured users that the problems will be resolved upon full migration to a cloud-based infrastructure. On the other hand, they gave no definitive timetable to ease the worry of users.

Adding to the chaos, the transition to the cloud is going to alienate Skype users with devices that will not support the new platform. Fortunately, a majority of device owners will be safe. Skype claims it will still support operating systems as far back as Windows 7. The fact remains that Skype still relies on an outdated legacy-stricken system which is not designed for inclusion, let alone today’s world-class cloud-hosted infrastructures.

So while Microsoft inconveniences users as it attempts to restructure and improve the Skype service, their example is really just another victory for WebRTC advocates. By embedding live video, voice, messaging and other data transfers directly into websites and applications, businesses can circumvent the logistical challenges that are currently besieging Skype for Windows customers.

Leveraging WebRTC will help businesses avoid alienating customers who do not have devices or operating systems that support live video functions. And by embedding WebRTC directly into websites or mobile applications, users won’t have to suffer inconsistent quality at the hands of an outside party that can disrupt and disable service at any time.  

At the end of the day, while the world waits for the other shoe to drop for Microsoft and Skype, it will be business as usual for WebRTC users.

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