Web technologies and video conferencing: Glowbl evaluates the situation

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Since Adobe’s announcement to stop the updates of its Flash Player plugin from 2020 onwards, Glowbl is talking about its technology migration and improvement plans for the video conference feature which have been in progress since several months.

As a collaborative platform for video conferencing and content sharing, Glowbl uses the Flash Player for certain functionalities, in particular the video conferencing feature. For a long period Flash has represented the unique solution for high performance video conferencing as well as conversations with low latency, essential factor for an optimal use, thanks to RTPM protocols and its derivatives.

The expected end of Flash was no secret to anybody. Its scheduled end in 2020 will close an era of 24 years of service. Alongside this development, new web technologies have emerged during the last few years to gain stability and obtain excellent performances. For some time now, Glowbl has been testing those solutions to add them into the roadmap, not leaving anything to chance.

Those emerging HTML5 technologies based on WebRTC are available on most of the common navigators, like Chrome or Firefox. However, companies and universities of all sizes use Glowbl for various purposes such as online meetings, remote trainings or large audience communications. Many of those organizations use older navigators that don’t support HTML5 and WebRTC, which is why Flash remains the only alternative. We need to take this into account and respond to our customers’ and partners’ constraints by keeping Flash in order to guarantee a qualitative interface that is accessible for a maximum of users. Our strategy is relevant as we’ll be ready for each company that will deploy new browsers.

For Glowbl this migration is also an opportunity to go further and fulfill another purpose in the same time: modernizing and simplifying the interface. For the continuous improvement of our solution, we have launched a project for the ergonomic redesign of our virtual spaces, called LiveStages. They will respond to the new technical requirements imposed by HTML5 and WebRTC but also to the needs expressed by our users.  

The two versions of Glowbl will be available in 2018.

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