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February 10, 2015

Google to adopt HTTP/2 protocol to speed Chrome browser

Server developers are recommended to shift to HTTP/2 and ALPN.

By CBR Staff Writer

Google is all set to adopt the latest version of the fundamental networking protocol ‘HTTP/2’ in its Chrome 40 browser in the following weeks, which claims to speed up browsing.

With the latest version, Google will stop support for non-standard protocol named SPDY by early 2016, while all together eliminating support for the TLS extension called NPN for ALPN in Chrome.

Google is strongly recommending server developers to shift to HTTP/2 and ALPN.

Google said in a statement: "We’re happy to have contributed to the open standards process that led to HTTP/2, and hope to see wide adoption given the broad industry engagement on standardisation and implementation."

"We also look forward to further advancements in fundamental Internet protocols that lead to a faster and more secure Internet for everyone."

"Some key features such as multiplexing, header compression, prioritisation and protocol negotiation evolved from work done in an earlier open, but non-standard protocol named SPDY."

Last year, Microsoft also revealed its support and implementation of the HTTP/2 protocol, though they noted that it would be found in Internet Explorer in the Windows 10 Technical Preview, so it hasn’t exactly become mainstream yet.

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