Next-Gen Protocol For Faster and Safer Internet
INDIA, 22 February 2015:
Good news for Internet folks! Get Ready as the entire web you know is about to change. The new and long-awaited version of HTTP took a major step toward becoming a reality on Wednesday – It is been officially finalized and approved.
Mark Nottingham, chairman of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) working group behind creating the standards, announced in a blog post that the HTTP 2.0 specifications have been formally approved. Now, the specifications will go through a last formality – Request for comment and editorial processes – before being published as a standard.
LARGEST CHANGE IN HTTP OVER LAST 16 YEARS
HTTP, or Hypertext Transfer Protocol, is one of the web standards familiar to most as the http:// at the beginning of a web address. HTTP protocol governs the connections between a user’s browser and the server hosting a website, invented by the father of the web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
HTTP/2 is simply an update to the protocol, but is really a huge deal because the last time the HTTP specification was updated back in 1999. This means the HTTP/2 will be the first major update to the HTTP standard over the last 16 years, marking the largest change since 1999 when HTTP 1.1 was adopted that underpins the World Wide Web as we know it today.
WHAT IS HTTP/2 ?
HTTP/2 promises to deliver Web pages to browsers faster, allowing online users to read more pages, buy more things and perform more and faster Internet searches.
HTTP/2 is based on SPDY protocol, a protocol introduced by Google in 2009 and adopted by some technologies including Google’s own Chrome browser, Mozilla’s Firefox, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer, many websites such as Facebook, and some of the software that delivers Web pages to browsers.
SPDY (fittingly pronounced “speedy”) was designed to speed up the loading of web pages and the browsing experience of the online users. Both SPDY and HTTP/2 use “header field compression” and “multiplexing” to let browsers make multiple requests to web servers via a single connection.
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