Microsoft acquires Peer5 to complement Teams live video streaming



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Microsoft has acquired Peer5, a WebRTC-based electronic content delivery network (eCDN) provider, for an undisclosed amount. Microsoft announced the purchase of Peer5 on August 10.

Peer5 technology will be used to enhance live video streaming in Microsoft Teams, Microsoft officials said. Peer5’s current product works in browsers to optimize bandwidth usage for industry applications, Microsoft officials said, and its mesh networks can automatically scale as the number of viewers increases. Peer5’s technology requires no additional installation on user endpoints or changes to the physical network infrastructure, officials added.

While the addition of the Peer5 solution will give Microsoft its own proprietary product in this space, Microsoft will continue to support other eCDN solutions from Microsoft Certified Partners, officials said. Current Peer5 customers will be able to continue using their existing Peer5 services, they said.

Peer5 touted its “seamless integration” with Microsoft Teams, Stream, and Yammer products on its site. It also offered legacy support for IE and live and video-on-demand support for Office 365.

Peer5, founded in 2012, has offices in Palo Alto, California and Tel Aviv. According to its website, the company’s staff are experienced in big data analytics, virtualization, and networking. The company is active in the WebRTC space and a member of the W3C steering committee.


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