BigBlueButton and the Microsoft Edge Browser

Microsoft Edge is the default web browser on Windows 10. If you want to use Edge to join a BigBlueButton meeting you need to update to a recent version that is based on the Chromium engine.

BigBlueButton is an HTML5-based web application. Unlike many commercial web conferencing systems that require you to install software, BigBlueButton runs within your web browser. There is no plugin to download, no software to install. BigBlueButton provides high-quality audio, video, and screen sharing using the browser’s built-in support for web real-time communication (WebRTC) libraries.

WebRTC is supported by the following browsers:

  • Google Chrome 28+ and Mozilla Firefox 22+ and Opera 18+ (since 2013)
  • Apple Safari 11+(since 2015)

Support for WebRTC within the browser is rapidly growing. Microsoft recently (January 2020) released a new version of Microsoft Edge that switched to use the Chromium engine the open source engine that powers Google Chrome.