HTTP/2 Is On the Way

Web is about to get better, faster, and more secure. The new version of HTTP is on the way. Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is the reason you’re reading this article. The current version of HTTP 1.1 was last finalized in year 1999.

Today, the next major version named HTTP/2 has been finalized and making its way to be get published.

Mark Nottingham, the chair of the IETF HTTP Working Group, today announced via his blog that the standard was completed and is on its way to the RFC Editor.

Mark wrote in his blog:

“The IESG has formally approved the HTTP/2 and HPACK specifications, and they’re on their way to the RFC Editor, where they’ll soon be assigned RFC numbers, go through some editorial processes, and be published. We should have an official entry about this up soon over at the IETF blog.“

The new standard has many upgrades to the current version, HTTP 1.1. Some of the key upgrades were implement to keep in mind the recent needs and trends of web users such as faster page loads, longer connections, server push and so on. HTTP/2 also has a new multiplexing feature that allows multiple requests simultaneously.

Here are some of the key features in this version:

  • Longer connections
  • Faster page loads
  • Multiple requests simultaneously
  • Optimized web
  • Improved latency and security