Re: [rtcweb] Use Case draft

Randell Jesup <> Mon, 30 April 2012 23:13 UTC

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On 4/30/2012 6:27 PM, Stephan Wenger wrote:
> Hi Randell,
> I don't buy this argument.
> Speakers are a standard piece of equipment now; almost everyone with a PC
> has them in some form.  Without a webcam, webrtc would be pretty useless,
> and every webcam nowadays has a microphone.

And why do you believe every desktop computer has a webcam?  All 
nowadays have connectors for mic and speakers, and almost all have 
speakers, but probably (guess) 50% of desktops out there don't have a 
microphone attached (probably more than 50%).

Most *laptops* have builtin cameras and mics now, but a few years ago 
that wasn't the case.

> I have no reason to distrust Tim's assessment, but the reason for the lack
> of success of PC facilitated sales doers you cited, IMO, cannot be the
> main reason, and certainly not among the expected users of webrtc (who
> WILL have speakers, camera and mic set up, ready to go, and used to make
> calls from their machine).

One hopes so, yes, though webrtc does not require sending video.

>  And if your argument refers to the call center
> site--well, those guys will get their equipment right and train their
> employees, or go out of business.
> Lets not dismiss a use case based on short term observations.

Agreed.  I was just giving an alternate explanation why "no one clicked 
Free Internet Call", and why that was NOT a reason to invalidate the 

Randell Jesup