Internet Explorer 7's content caching and decompression improvements

Posted on Tuesday, November 01 2005 @ 11:25 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Internet Explorer 7 will feature lots of new improvements and Venkat Kudallur, development leader for Networking in IE7, discusses two IE7 improvements: content caching and decompression.
Content caching eliminates a round-trip to the server (or reduces traffic with conditional GETs), and compression, of course, effectively increases throughput by compressing data. Compression (through standard algorithms such as gzip) plays a role in the dial up speedup services offered by several ISPs such as MSN, AOL, Netzero who offer a premium service that ‘speeds up’ dialup or broadband. Most of these services use dedicated servers and a combination of standard and proprietary algorithms for compression, and/or tune TCP/IP parameters on the machine for speeding up data transfer. Compression is likely to be a key part of the perceived speed up as most web content makes for good compression candidates: typically ASP for HTML compresses 2X (two-fold), JS files for JavaScript by 2-4X and CSS files for style sheets compresses by 2-5X. Proprietary algorithms are typically used for other media content, which these IE changes don’t impact.
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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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