In a perfect world, this would have been the norm by now. Or from the start. Then again, better late than never. Microsoft and Google are working together on revolutionizing the chat experience.

Both companies are collaborating on creating a technology that would allow for a much more streamlined communication experience — video chatting in browsers, without the need of third-party plugins and all that.

Proof that when both companies are not fighting each other, they can work magic.

This new project is called Object Real-Time Communications API (ORTC), and a Microsoft engineer that goes by the name of Dough Mahugh has revealed early details one this project. Apparently, Redmond is working with Google, Hookflash and others on this.

Once completed, this new communication method would allow desktop, tablet and smartphone users the ability to chat with each other without the need to install any third-party plugins.

Obviously, video chatting in a web browser is already possible right now, but that entails installing dedicated software and a multitude of files that might slow down the browser and impact the overall performance when using it.

Microsoft Open Technologies even released a prototype version for developers not too long ago, which shows how this new technology could work and how to implement it in their solutions.

Things are still in early stages right now, but this is an innovative idea, all things considered.

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  • Rodney Longoria

    It seems to me that HTML5 could solve this issue, and Google is supposed to be demanding that sort of thing from Microsoft regarding a YouTube app, as I recall. I wonder if this chat plan works if we’ll eventually see YouTube on WP, etc?