Open-Xchange’s telco customers can deploy Skype-rivalling OX Messenger by end of year

Open-Xchange’s WebRTC-based OX Messenger voice, video and text messaging app will become available from December, the company said on Thursday. As I reported earlier this year, the plugin-free app was developed alongside Dutch VoIP firm Voiceworks. The German company’s OX App Suite tools are mostly for telcos and hosting providers that want to offer customers an alternative to the likes of Google Apps (Hangouts, or Microsoft’s Skype, in this case) though they can also be installed for use in the enterprise. OX Messenger plugs into the rest of the OX App Suite, making it possible to call or message from within email chains, for example. It will also offer calls to regular lines.

Despite Cisco proposal, no agreement on WebRTC codec

This week’s IETF meeting in Vancouver has ended without a decision on a mandatory video codec for WebRTC, the proposed standard for real-time voice and video communication. Browser makers, videoconferencing equipment manufacturers and chipset vendors had hoped to finally agree on whether H.264 or VP8 should become the default codec for WebRTC, and Cisco (s CSCO) had even mounted an eleventh-hour push, getting Mozilla to agree to implement H.264 — but in the end, no consensus was reached in what I’ve been told was an at times testy meeting.