Google retires SPDY in favor of HTTP/2

Posted on Tuesday, Feb 10 2015 @ 14:48 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
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Google decides to throw in the towel and retires its SPDY protocol. This open but non-standard protocol was supported since Chrome 6 and promised as much as a 55 percent speed increase for the Internet's highest-traffic websites. Most of its benefits are present in HTTP/2 though, so the search giant lays its SPDY to rest. Web users are unlikely to notice a difference as Google was one of the only companies that actually used SPDY.
"Chrome has supported SPDY since Chrome 6, but since most of the benefits are present in HTTP/2, it's time to say goodbye," Google engineer Chris Bentzel wrote in a blog post on Monday.

Not that there are any sour grapes or anything. Bentzel didn't bother to toot Google's own horn in his post, observing only that, "Some key features [of HTTP/2] such as multiplexing, header compression, prioritization and protocol negotiation evolved from work done in an earlier open, but non-standard protocol named SPDY."
Further information about how the ideas of SPDY went on to become the starting point for HTTP/2 and criticism on this decision can be read at The Register.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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