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Monday, April 2, 2012

HTTP Speed ​​+ Mobility, Microsoft's proposal for a faster Internet

In crazy Internet age, we understand that speed is the most important factor and for this reason, this week the union meets IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force) to discuss the future of the protocol HTTP (Hypertext Transfer Protocol), ie "language of communication" between the web browser and the server when we can open a web page or download a file.

Serious candidate for the new communication protocol set by the Google, the SPDY (speedy), which provides about 50% faster for the same processes with the current HTTP, and already supported by web browsers Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome, but and large sites (like Twitter) to provide input through SPDY where this is feasible.

However, Microsoft is preparing its own alternative proposal, which called HTTP Speed ​​+ Mobility and the story goes a little further than the SPDY.

Specifically, the Protocol is based on Microsoft's philosophy SPDY, but outside of web browsers and servers, puts in play and communication of web applications, with support and development of WebSocket API.

According to Jean Paoli of Microsoft:

"We believe that the applications - not just browsers - should be faster. So we start with the protocol SPDY Google and continue with the development of WebSockets. Google has done a great job (with SPDY) to improve Internet performance and overall improvement of HTTP. The main differences with SPDY is that we want to meet the needs of mobile devices and applications "

It is worth noting that Mike Belshe, from the creators of SPDY, wrote to Google + that welcomes the efforts of Microsoft and looks forward to a collaborative effort to improve the protocol, but also disagrees that SPDY is not optimized for mobile devices, since The developers are generally satisfied with the use of SPDY in mobile applications. However, there is always room for improvement.

Important week, then, since the IETF will review the proposals will fall on the table, ensuring of course that the new protocol will not belong to any company. Therefore, it is gratifying that there are serious proposals that will be combined for the benefit of an even faster Internet.

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