I was going to wait until the released version was available but I just couldn’t wait any longer. Because Jabber Guest is not FCS I am limited on the details so I will include a follow up post that goes a little deeper into the design and inner workings at a later date.
As a non-developer ( I have some basic HTML skills but they are not great) this is a super exciting area because of the ability of someone with like me to be able to add voice and video to a Web/Mobile application easily. Of course this works in well with WebRTC but as we all know WebRTC is hardly a perfect world today but it is improving. For more commentary on WebRTC I really like Dave Michels post on No Jitter. It has some great comments on where peoples expectations were and the reality of where we are today.
How is Jabber Guest different from other Jabber SDK’s?
With the more traditional Jabber SDK’s the user is a authenticated user within the Enterprise. With Jabber Guest the target is an anonymous user. So the user/guest accessing collaboration into your environment does not need an account. One of the best demo’s I have pout together so far is to have a video guest page that allows a user to enter the video bridge identifier and then have a web browser call into a enterprise video bridge environment. Cool stuff.
The guest has the potential to be able to access the following types of calls:
- Point-to-point video
- Point-to-many video (videoconference)
- The ability to see themselves before going live on video
- In-call control through a keypad
- The ability to mute video, audio, or both
- The ability to see themselves as well as your employee(s)
- The choice of camera and audio device
- The choice of clicking on your website from a tablet or PC or clicking on an app from a mobile device
Difference between Jabber SDK and Jabber Guest SDK
I have listed as many publicly available resources for Jabber Guest as possible but as of right now the best way to learn more about Jabber Guest is to sign up for the Early Adopter Program. All the information I have in my post is publicly available.
Jabber Guest, yes there is a plugin……
As previously mentioned the wheels at the various standard bodies for what ever reason sometimes turn slower than everyone would like. So today while Jabber Guest does make use of some of the capabilities of WebRTC it still requires a plugin. In time this requirement will fade but today it is what it is. It’s a small plugin that takes only a few seconds to download and install.
Where can I get a demo of Jabber Guest?
I have setup a simple demo’s of Jabber Guest on my blog:
Enjoy the demo.
Jabber Guest On DevNet
Signup for the Early Adopter Program
Jabber Guest video