Tuesday, 27 March 2012

 Improve HTTP -- the Hypertext Transfer Protocol that browsers use to request Web pages and servers use to deliver them -- with a technology it calls HTTP Speed+Mobility. Google has proposed an idea called SPDY for speeding up HTTP and won an important ally at IETF, the group that oversees the standard and that's beginning work on a new HTTP 2.0.
But Microsoft wants a piece of the action, too. It thinks SPDY is OK but wants to augment it with the new WebSocket high-speed communications link between browsers and Web servers. WebSocket has begun arriving in browsers after a hiccup last year.
And Microsoft wants to extend the work so mobile apps, can take advantage of the performance improvement, too. "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," said Sandeep Singhal, program manager of Microsoft's Windows Core Networking group, and Jean Paoli, general manager of Microsoft's Interoperability Strategy, put it in a blog post about HTTP Speed+Mobility.
Speeding up the Web is a high priority for many these days. Faster Web sites lead people to spend more time -- and often more money -- on Web sites. Google has been working for years on a "speed up the Web" effort, and Microsoft has similar incentives with Bing.
Here's what Microsoft's executives had to say about working with Google's approach:
The HTTP Speed+Mobility proposal starts from both the Google SPDY protocol (a separate submission to the IETF for this discussion) and the work the industry has done around WebSockets.
SPDY has done a great job raising awareness of web performance and taking a "clean slate" approach to improving HTTP to make the Web faster. The main departures from SPDY are to address the needs of mobile devices and applications.
And in what is perhaps a jab at Google and SPDY, the pair added, "We are looking forward to a vigorous, open discussion within the IETF around the design of HTTP 2.0."

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