HTTP 2.0

HTTP 2.0: The Next Generation Of Internet Is On Its Way

HTTP (acronym for Hypertext Transfer Protocol) is the most widely used communication protocol in the world, it’s the protocol which you’ve just used in order to load this page, and now… comes version 2.

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Although its popularity and perhaps despite its world wide use, HTTP, the Internet protocol, is actually a very old protocol which is used by almost all websites on the Internet today.

It might surprise you to learn that the current commonly used HTTP  protocol – version 1.1 – was in-fact released in January 1997, an era where Internet traffic wasn’t even close to the dimensions it holds today.

Over the years HTTP 1.1 has gained a number of updates and improvements meant to optimize its efficiency, however non had extended its features enough to fully support the needs of modern day usage.

Here Comes HTTP 2

Before HTTP 2 started being developed, another networking protocol, primarily developed by Google, was introduced to the world – SPDY (pronounced speedy).

SPDY has a number of advantages over HTTP 1.1 including reduced latency (which leads to faster page loading) among others.

However, since being optional and not a de-facto new standard, the SPDY protocol is only being used by a small number of websites.

Nevertheless, SPDY filled a great role in forming the spark which lighted HTTP 2.0 development and standardization.

Having much of the same features as SPDY, HTTP 2 brings better capabilities to the vast majority of Internet websites and is going to become the new standard.

Some of the most notable new features you may find in HTTP 2 are:

  • Decreased latency to improve page loading speed
  • Negotiation mechanism that allows clients and servers to opt for using other networking protocols
  • Support for common existing use cases of HTTP

The HTTP 2.0 protocol was released a few days ago and is expected to slowly spread over the Internet in the following upcoming years.

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