google-webrtc-logoRiding on the heels on the most recent WebRTC Expo, I’ve had a chance to reflect on the current status of the WebRTC movement, the progress the industry has made and where vendors are focusing their energies and investments. My conclusion is that while there have been a number of impressive WebRTC implementations, progress has not been as fast as most of us would like, and the main reason for this stall is the lack of adoption by major browser manufacturers.

To recap, today we have Google Chrome leading the charge with full support for WebRTC, Mozilla Firefox having implemented the majority of WebRTC features, and a number of vendors releasing plugins and SDKs that allow native app development with WebRTC features on mobile and desktop platforms. However, none of these plugin based or app based solutions offer the ubiquitous access to communication that WebRTC promises. Having to install a plugin or app creates friction in the user experience that will prevent mass adoption.  This may work for enterprise applications where all of the endpoints are the under control of IT, but it will not work for consumer applications at internet scale.  Additionally, this route is very expensive, requiring multiple solutions for all the different desktop and mobile operating systems.

However, when WebRTC is implemented in the browser, it creates an elegant and simple experience for the user.  Anything from video chatting with your friends, getting instant contextual customer support based on the product you’re currently looking at, or collaborating over a document or task becomes as simple as clicking a button on a webpage or web app.  It’s frictionless, contextual and easy.  Additionally, companies are able to leverage Javascript developers to build these solutions, instead of telecom engineers, resulting in faster time to market and huge cost savings — truly delivering on the vision of WebRTC.

While Chrome and Firefox together command about 55 – 60% of the browser market, this is not enough to deliver on WebRTC’s potential.  We need all the browsers to adopt the standard before we will truly see this technology start to provide large scale value.  However, I am encouraged that this last week, there was great progress when a consensus was reached to support both H.264 and VP8 as mandatory codecs in the spec. This signals that perhaps Microsoft and Apple can finally get onboard with WebRTC and we may finally see the ubiquitous access to video and audio technology that only the browser can deliver to billions of users.

I truly hope the industry realizes this simple truth, so that we start focusing our efforts on moving the browser manufacturers towards implementing the full WebRTC 1.0 spec, as quickly as possible.  I’d love to hear any feedback or ideas on how we can ensure that this will happen in 2015.

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Watch part III of our “Growing Your Business” webinar series, presented by AnyMeeting and featuring the Small Business Administration’s Meredith Olafson.

This webinar focuses on what the Affordable Care Act means for small employers. Topics discussed include:

  • Insurance market reforms for small employers
  • Small business tax credits (available to businesses and tax-exempt non-profits) – who’s eligible for them and how to claim them
  • SHOP Marketplace updates
  • Employer Shared Responsibility provisions
  • Key provisions for self-employed business owners with no employees
  • Tools and resources available for small employers interested in learning more about the law

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New Toll-Free and International Dial-In Options, Plus New Meeting Start Modes to Help Users Launch and Schedule Meetings Even Faster

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., October 1, 2014 – AnyMeeting (http://www.anymeeting.com), a leading provider of web conferencing, video conferencing and phone conferencing for small business, announced today its new release introducing US toll-free and international dial-in options in more than 40 countries, plus new meeting start modes that streamline the scheduling and launching of meetings based on use case.

AnyMeeting Pro Plans Add US Toll-Free and International Dial-In Options

The new toll-free and international dial-in options are available in all AnyMeeting Pro plans and allow meeting hosts to provide a US toll-free option as well as local dial-in numbers in over 40 countries.  This latest release responds to the needs of many small businesses everywhere for greater global access, as well as the need of AnyMeeting’s growing international customer base for local dial-in options.

These new phone options are available today for general release to AnyMeeting’s 600,000 small business customers across all the verticals it serves, including health care, technology, professional services, financial services and real estate.  International dial-in options are included in all AnyMeeting Pro plans at no additional cost, while US toll-free service is available as an option to Pro subscribers and is charged based on usage, at a rate of only 6 cents per minute – among the lowest rates in the industry.

Latest AnyMeeting Release Makes It Even Faster to Start and Schedule Meetings

With its new release, AnyMeeting has made it even faster and simpler for users to launch and join meetings and conference calls by introducing new meeting start modes, which optimize tool settings for the type of meetings users want to host.  For example, for simple phone conferences, meeting invitations include only conference call details.  For video conferences, meeting attendees join the meeting with webcams turned on.  For webinars, hosts are offered the option to create custom registration forms and surveys, and attendees join the meeting muted by default.

This release also includes a beta instant screen share option, enabling users to launch simple screen sharing with just one click.  New support resources are available to guide users through the new meeting options.

“AnyMeeting is focused on providing small businesses with the simplest, most powerful conferencing platform specifically tailored to their needs,” said Costin Tuculescu, CEO and founder of AnyMeeting.  “These new capabilities enable our customers to better tap international business opportunities and improve their efficiency by anticipating and adapting to their needs.”

AnyMeeting is an easy-to-use, full-featured web conferencing and webinar software platform designed to meet all the conferencing needs of small business, with 6-way video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, meeting notes, recording and more, as well as support for mobile devices including the iPhone, iPad and Android tablets.

AnyMeeting customers – as well as its large distribution partners focused on providing the best solutions for small business — are tapping AnyMeeting’s all-in-one web, video and phone conferencing platform for its power, simplicity, affordability, and now its global accessibility.

For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

About AnyMeeting

Based in Orange County, California, AnyMeeting pioneered the small business Web conferencing market in 2009 with a completely free, full-featured and easy-to-use web conferencing service tailored for small business. Since then, it has grown to more than 500,000 small business users of both its free ad-supported service and low-cost ad-free options.  Designed specifically for small business, AnyMeeting offers a complete web conferencing and webinar service built on the company’s proven Software as a Service platform.  Meeting hosts are able to invite up to 200 attendees per meeting with no time limits, and enjoy a full range of features including integrated video conferencing, phone conferencing, screen sharing, presentation sharing, recording and social media integration.  AnyMeeting is the best choice for small businesses, independent professionals and just about anyone who can benefit from online meetings.  Current investors include Tech Coast Angels, Pasadena Angels, Maverick Angels, Sand Hill Angels and Keiretsu Forum.  For more information, please visit www.AnyMeeting.com.

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Webinar Recording: SBA Resources for Growing Businesses

September 10, 2014

Check out this webinar presented by AnyMeeting and Comcast Business and featuring, Calvin Goings, SBA Region Administrator. SBA offers a wide variety of programs, services, and resources to help small business grow. This webinar focuses on the SBA’s core mission to reach America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners and addresses topics including: Who is the SBA? SBA’s […]

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Growing Your Business Webinar Series

August 26, 2014

To kick off the fall season, AnyMeeting is pleased to announce a free 3-part Growing Your Business Webinar Series to help your business expand and thrive. Featuring guest speakers from the Small Business Administration, this series will present topics and resources important to small businesses today. Register below for one or all of these valuable sessions. {lang: ‘ar’}

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AnyMeeting Announces Partner API at WebRTC Expo

June 17, 2014

Enables Service Provider and Platform Partners to Easily Integrate WebRTC-Enabled Conferencing into their Own Solutions AnyMeeting at WebRTC Expo IV, Booth 218 in Atlanta, June 17-19, 2014 Huntington Beach, Calif. – June 17, 2014 – AnyMeeting (www.anymeeting.com) today announces its partner API, which enables service provider and platform partners to integrate all or portions of its […]

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Growing Non-Profit Takes Wing with AnyMeeting Web and Video Conferencing to Lift Global Member Resources

June 10, 2014

Jet Aircraft Museum Innovates Membership and Donation Processes While Saving Hundreds of Volunteer Hours Using AnyMeeting All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Platform ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. –  June 10, 2014 – Innovating its membership and donation processes was a major project for the intercontinental non-profit JET AIRCRAFT MUSEUM (JAM), and AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com) Web and video conferencing cloud […]

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Rapidly Growing Startups Like Groopt Upgrade to AnyMeeting Company Plans

June 10, 2014

AnyMeeting Now Adds Nearly 25,000 New Users Monthly As Small Businesses Discover Its All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Tool Designed and Priced for Small Business ORANGE COUNTY, Calif. – June 10, 2014 – Momentum for AnyMeeting (www.anymeeting.com) continues to grow as small businesses — the major growth engine of the U.S. economy1 — discover its […]

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AnyMeeting Customer ChartMeds Enhance Sales Processes with Online Demos and Customized Training Webinars

March 24, 2014

AnyMeeting customers include companies from a wide range of industries, including healthcare, financial services, real estate, and technology services. These companies are adopting AnyMeeting to cut travel and meeting costs and simplify processes associated with training and collaborating with team members (cited as the dominant use cases by 34% and 29% of customers, respectively, in […]

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Small Businesses Recommend AnyMeeting for Ease of Use and Simple Pricing Model

March 20, 2014

AnyMeeting Customers Reduce Travel and Training Costs; Increase Sales Close Rates from 7% to 50% Using AnyMeeting All-in-One Web, Video and Phone Conferencing Platform ORANGE COUNTY, Calif., March 20, 2014 – Doubling its size in 15 months, AnyMeeting (http://anymeeting.com) now delivers its web, video conferencing , phone conferencing and webinar tool to more than 500,000 small business users. In […]

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