SOFTWARE DEVELOPER Mozilla has unveiled a project called Towtruck, which allows web developers to collaborate in real time using web browsers.
Once the full version is rolled out, the idea of Towtruck is that it will enable websites to feature a Towtruck icon, which users can select to bring up their user profile. From here, a unique link is generated and can be shared with another system to begin a text or voice dialogue in real time. Though Towtruck plans to take advantage of Skype-like voice tools via a calling icon and a microphone for Web RTC based Audio Chat eventually, the early build currently supports only text based collaboration.
"Sometime in 2013 support for this should be available in new (non-experimental) versions of Firefox, Chrome, and both Firefox and Chrome for Android," Mozilla wrote on its Github Live Chat page.
Other features include cursor mirroring, so you can see another collaborator's cursor on the screen in real time, mainly for editing purposes. It will also have the ability to create archives of sessions, adding "stickynotes" to collaboration documents. You can try it out here.
Mozilla's announcement comes not long after the firm's CEO Gary Kovacs said he would step down to make room for former CEO Mitchell Baker to expand her role to include more involvement with day-to-day operations. µ