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Microsoft may make WebRTC a part of Skype’s future

In the next couple of years, firing up a phone call or video chat with a friend on the opposite side of the world may not require you to launch Skype, Google Chat or one of the many programs that let individuals connect over the internet. Instead, you’ll be able to communicate with voice and video using nothing more than your web browser.

If and when that day comes, you’ll thank technologies WebRTC, which enable real-time communication between browsers. Originally developed by Google and currently supported only in development builds of Google’s Chrome browser, companies like VOIP provider Voxeo are demonstrating WebRTC’s nifty capabilities and providing a preview of what the future might look like for web-based communication.

IE10 to have ‘Do Not Track’ turned on by default

Yesterday, Microsoft unveiled to the world its Windows 8 Release Preview. The release will be the last before Microsoft ships Windows 8 later this year.

The Release Preview contained plenty for industry observers and the curious to digest. There are performance improvements, more apps, better support for multiple monitors and so on and so forth.

Microsoft to European Commission: we’ll let consumers pick a browser

To appease the European Commission in its pending antitrust case over
the tying of Internet Explorer and Windows, Microsoft initially planned
to release a version of Windows 7 in Europe that would be browser-free.
That would ensure that consumers had the ability to choose a browser freely.

But a couple of weeks ago, Microsoft reversed course and proposed an
alternative solution: a “ballot screen” that would enable consumers in
the EU to select their browser of choice.