A speed boost for the whole web? Microsoft and Google working on new technology that will ‘supercharge’ every site

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-2122138/Battle-speed-world-wide-web-Microsoft-Google-lock-horns-successor-HTTP.html

  • Update to ‘HTTP’ protocol which underlies the web
  • Ageing technology has underpinnned sites for 15 years
  • Google and Microsoft creating new technologies to speed up web
  • ‘We need to make browsing much faster’ – Microsoft
  • Microsoft wants to speed up apps as well as browsers

By Rob Waugh

PUBLISHED: 07:25 EST, 29 March 2012 | UPDATED: 09:58 EST, 29 March 2012

Microsoft and Google are spearheading a drive to speed up the entire world wide web.

The letters ‘HTTP’ are familiar to all web users as part of web addresses – for instance, in http://www.dailymail.co.uk – but the 15-year-old method of delivering webpages to your screen is in need of an update.

The Internet Engineering Task Force is meeting this week to discuss how to ‘update’ the ageing technology.

Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web: The HTTP protocol Berners-Lee and others created is in need of an update - and Microsoft and Google are working on technologies to 'speed up' the web Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web: The HTTP protocol Berners-Lee and others created is in need of an update – and Microsoft and Google are working on technologies to ‘speed up’ the web

HTTP – or ‘Hypertext Transfer Protocol’ – is the foundation of how websites transmit and receive data, and it has underpinned the World Wide Web for more than a decade.

Tech insiders believe that the protocol – designed when the web consisted of text-based pages – is in need of an update to bring the web up to speed for an era where many users access sites via apps.

Microsoft’s Jean Paoli, who helped invent a code called XML, which helps with webpage and document design, is hoping to see a revolution.

He said: ‘The current HTTP standard protocol is slow because it must request documents from a server and wait for the document to be sent before it can display a webpage.

‘Improving HTTP starts with speed. There is already broad consensus about the need to make web browsing much faster.

‘We think that apps – not just browsers – should get faster too. More and more, apps are how people access web services, in addition to their browser.’

Microsoft is to submit a proposal entitled ‘HTTP – Speed and Mobility’ this week, outlining its plans.

Samsung's mid-sized Galaxy Note device which recently passed 5 million units shipped: In the next four years, Android devices are predicted to pass Microsoft's Windows in terms of units shipped Samsung’s mid-sized Galaxy Note device which recently passed 5 million units shipped: As more and more web users use apps rather than web browsers to access the internet, the ageing HTTP standard needs to adapt, says Microsoft

Paoli hopes that the new HTTP 2.0 will not only speed up the web, but also improve battery life on smartphones, which will spend less time connecting to websites.

Microsoft’s proposal will take in its own Websockets technology and Google’s SPDY – another protocol designed to reduce web page-load times.

It’s already used in some services – including Google’s Gmail and Twitter – but remains relatively rare.

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Posted on March 29, 2012, in Science / Technology and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Reblogged this on pindanpost and commented:
    faster…please

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