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The Pros and Cons of Browser-Based Collaboration

January 14th, 2015

The Pros and Cons of Browser-Based Collaboration

Recently, there has been a tremendous amount of buzz regarding browser-based collaboration systems. The promises offered by browser-based collaboration can certainly be compelling. As a result, there has naturally been a ground swell of activity created around this technology. This has proven to be particularly true given the new capabilities for multimedia communications offered by HTML 5-based browsers, such as WebRTC. With this type of technology, it is possible for users to make both voice and video calls within the browser without the need for the plug-ins required by services such as Google Hangouts and Skype.

While such technology may seem new, RHUB has supported a browser-based model for more than seven years. During that time, RHUB has gained a great deal of experience as a pioneer with this approach. Even before HTML 5 was made available as a browser technology, RHUB invested in ensuring that HTML 4 was an effective meeting platform. Additionally, RHUB recognized early on the limitations of Flash and developed a capability that would make it possible to work with or without Flash.


The Advantages of Browser-Based Solutions

As previously mentioned, the advantages offered by a browser-based solution can be compelling, including:

  • No Download Necessary- By using the built-in browser engines, screen sharing is supported without the need for the attendee to download client software. This can be a great advantage for attendees with download restrictions.
  • Easy and Quick to Join- By joining with a browser, all the attendee needs to do is point the browser to the meeting server and then log into the meeting. This usually only takes about 10 seconds.
  • Platform Independent- Any compatible browser is able to join the meeting.
  • Audio and Video Supported- HTML 5 makes it possible to support audio and video using the facilities within the browser.

 

The Disadvantages of Browser-Based Solutions

Certainly, the list of advantages associated with HTML 5-based browsers is impressive. But, with those advantages, there are also some potential drawbacks. Just a few of the issues we have discovered over the years that could impact these advantages include:

  • Browser Compatibility- Although every browser is supposed to be HTML 4 or HTML 5 compatible, we have found that this is not always the case. Variances in browser implementation can affect compatibility. As different versions usually have differing levels of compatibility, this can create problems. If a version is compatible with screen sharing and video algorithms, but is not compatible with audio, the meeting could be affected.
  • Connectivity-  Real-time collaboration, particularly when it comes to audio, relies on a high-quality Internet connection. Browsers are inherently asynchronous. As a result, they simply are not designed to maintain a connection with the server. This can result in intermittent performance in some instances. Additionally, browser-based meetings conducted over WiFi tend to suffer from drops in the WiFi connection. This can result in a choppy experience for the meeting participant.
  • Platform Dependency- While there is the promise of platform independence, the browser on that platform must be compatible. This means, for instance, that if Safari does not support the latest features that Chrome supports, users on Safari could experience issues. In the case of WebRTC, this can become even more complicated. While it is currently supported by Firefox, Opera and Chrome, it does not yet have the support of IE. Furthermore, while Microsoft has announced that it does have plans to support WebRTC, there has been no such announcement forthcoming from Apple’s Safari.
  • Keeping up with the Jones”- In order to be truly platform independent, the host must use a version of the system that is compatible for all popular browsers. Furthermore, the developers of those browsers must make sure that the features are in sync with one another. The reality is that this is not often the case. Mozilla is not likely to be concerned about the features that IE is planning to release.

Are you interested in learning more about the advantages offered by RHUB? If so, call us today at 866-758-0984 or email us at sales@rhubcom.com for a quick demo.

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Guaranteed Web Conference Attendance from any Platform, Even from your Future iPad

February 3rd, 2010

The iPad was finally introduced to the world last week after month of speculation. Now that the initial excitement has finally settled, somewhat, people are looking more into what iPad has to offer, or the lack thereof. When the iPad was revealed at the Moscone last Wednesday, one of feature people found lacking was that it only supports one app at a time. To add to it, iPad doesn”t support flash.

But despite its lacking in some areas, there is definitely potential with iPad being an on-the-go work tool. A portable device coveted by road warriors and frequent travelers. Given its crisp and vibrant 9.7 inch display, and a 1024×768 screen resolution, the iPad is great for browsing online and reading documents. There is already announcement made by companies about creating a remote access app for the iPad, so you will be able to access your desktop with all the different applications running on it.

But for those who are not looking for a replacement to their laptops, and will be using the iPad for mostly reading books and browsing the web, the lack of flash support is a major drawback. For business users who are frequently on the road and need to attend meeting and seminars online, they would still need their laptops in order to attend as many online conferencing services requires flash and downloads to run.

RHUB”s universal attendance technology allows for anyone to join a meeting as long as they can open up a browser and have access to the internet. And for those concerned with a lack of flash support on the iPad, not to worry. RHUB”s web-based viewing support both flash and non-flash users. So as long you”re connected to the internet, whether through Wi-Fi or the more costly 3G option, you will be able to attend meetings and webinars, guaranteed. Now whether or not you’ll be able to get connection on the AT&T network is a whole other problem.

What are your thoughts, will you be getting an iPad?

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Web Conferencing Hits the iPhone

September 24th, 2009

Iphone – the feature rich device that has taken the world by storm has entered another arena, web meetings. According to news reports a new application was recently created for this popular smart phone that allows users to schedule online meetings and view meeting agenda among other features.
The application was created by TimeBridge, a company that specializes in software for setting up and running meetings online. One of their more popular offerings issues a SMS reminder prior to when a scheduled meeting is about to start. This is known as the Meeting Time Messenger SMS notification tool. (This new application won’t be available until October and is currently going through Apple’s approval process.)

Apple has always presented itself with something akin to an air of exclusivity. Owners of Apple computers have for years seemed to be part of an unofficial club. Given that their prices tend to be higher than PCs that trend has continued, although they have trotted out smaller laptops in recent years that are a bit easier on most pockets. The iPhone however is a bit different. Not everyone who owns one is necessarily an Apple devotee. Many computer users who insist they will never trade in the reliable PC for a Mac are huge iPhone fans.

What will this do for web conferencing? It seems that many have embraced this new idea. Larger players in the market are already making online meetings a relatively simple and convenient procedure by integrating web conferencing with the iPhone.

We at RHUB have developed a universal attendance technology that allows for anyone to join a meeting as long as they can open up a browser and have access to the internet. What does this mean for phones? As long as your phone has 3G capabilities, you are able to attend the meeting. Therefore, there are never any issues with attending meetings when using TurboMeeting. Like what the spokesman for the Men’s Warehouse says: “I guarantee it!”

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