The year 2017 witnessed a slew of WebRTC in Microsoft Edge. By showing its support in Edge. Now Microsoft came up with the updation in Edge browser supporting Brotli compression. This updation is offered as a part of Windows 10 creators update.

Brotli is an open source data compression technology. It is based on a modern variant of the LZ77 algorithm, Huffman coding and 2nd order context modeling. Brotli is a compression format defined in RFC 7932, earlier was the part of WOFF2 font format. With similar compression and decompression speeds, Brotli increases up to 20% better compression ratios. This occurs when used as an HTTP content encoding method. This results in a substantial decrease in page weight, increase in load times without harming client-side CPU costs. In terms of file size and CPU time, Brotli is more efficient when compared to existing algorithms like Deflate.

Microsoft illustrates how they are now following the giant Google by full-fledged WebRTC adoption by adding Brotli support to Edge browser. They said in the current preview release, Brotli is supported on HTTP and HTTPS. In the future preview release, they will update its support only on HTTPS connections. They will continue to decode Brotli content on HTTP connections, just like Chrome.

Indeed, Microsoft’s footstep to embrace WebRTC has been continuous. After, announcing its support to (Object Real Time Communication) ORTC in 2015. The company is rapidly growing by providing WebRTC support with an arrival of the year 2017. And, now sharpens up its existence with the browser Edge update.


However, WebRTC Industry leaders are showing their concern for Safari and Internet Explorer holdout to WebRTC adoption.

So. Let’s hope that Apple sees the light soon.

Published On: April 28, 2017​