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February 19, 2015updated 19 Aug 2016 4:00pm

New HTTP/2 protocol approved

Marks first key update to the standard in 15 years.

By CBR Staff Writer

The Internet Engineering Steering Group (IESG) has approved the new HTTP/2 web protocol, which aims to speed up internet browsing.

This approval marks the first key update to the standard in 15 years.

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) said in a statement: "After more than two years of discussion, over 200 design issues, 17 drafts, and 30 implementations, the HTTP/2 and HPACK specifications have now been approved by the IETF’s steering group for publication as standards-track RFCs.

"The result is that HTTP/2 will help provide faster user experience for browsing, reduce the amount of bandwidth required, and make the use of secure connections easier."

According to Internet Engineering Task Force chairman Mark Nottingham, the standard will now go on to be edited prior to being implemented.

Further, the new standard will signify a major step forward as it enables quicker loading of pages, while boosting encryption.

The new standard is aimed at allowing a seamless transformation between HTTP/1 and HTTP/2, with very few modifications to applications and APIs, while boosting performance and better use of network resources.

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Recently, Google also revealed plans to adopt the latest version of the ‘HTTP/2’ in its Chrome 40 browser in the following weeks.

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