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Mozilla & Gecko clones Over the weekend, the crew at Tom's Hardware was busy testing the recently-released Firefox 22 using the usual bevy of benchmarks. This roundup included Chrome 27, Firefox 22, IE10, and Opera 12, along with the new Chromium-based build of Opera Next (alos known as Opera 15).
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Lennie
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2007-09-22

Let's see, their are a few reasons.

But it is like asking why did Ericsson get involved with the development of the mobile phone system because they already had a really nice big share in existing telephony networks. The answer is simple: to be the expert in whatever is going to happen anyway.

On WebRTC and Microsoft specifically:

Because it is just a protocol, it's going to happen anyway, might as well try to influence what the protocol will look like and possibly slowdown it's development.

And don't worry, "signaling" is not part of the protocol. So you can use it with other existing protocols/application/social network (their own user base).

Any other reason Microsoft might be involved is because Skype probably already was involved before Microsoft bought them.

An other reason might be because people don't want plugins anymore. Remember that Microsoft Windows 8/Windows RT Metro environment doesn't allow plugins either I believe.

Edited 2013-07-06 18:25 UTC

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

No need for MS conspiracy theories :p
I was just wondering why MS Skype division would be involved while they have their own mature tech... "just a protocol" means they simply want to use it themselves, I suppose.

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