Early in 2012, the Asterisk development team at Digium got together to put together a list of projects we wanted to complete for the upcoming release of Asterisk 11. As you can imagine, there’s no shortage of feature requests out there… but we can’t do it all, and of course we still have to fix bugs, get maintenance releases out the door, and support the user community.
After much discussion, we settled on the list of projects on this page; many of these have been on the wish lists produced from Asterisk Developer’s Conference sessions in past years. As of today, the team has made a great deal of progress on many of these projects, and you’ll see the benefits of that in Asterisk 11 when it is released later this year.
However, there’s another exciting project we undertook as well, and we’ve kept this one a bit quiet until we had something to show off. For the past few months, Josh Colp (if you’ve been to an AstriCon recently, he’s the one you saw wandering the halls in a white fedora) has been working to add support for the nascent (but gaining traction) WebRTC effort. If you aren’t familiar with WebRTC (and its companion, RTCWeb), it’s an industry effort sponsored by many of the major browser manufacturers to integrate support for real-time communications (audio and video) directly into browsers, with no plugins or addons required. We think this is really going to be a game-changer for the VoIP community, as it will open the door to supporting custom, feature-rich applications on any device with a compatible browser, whether it is a laptop, tablet, smartphone, or anything else.