There are a lot of things that web denizens don’t think about when they’re surfing their favorite pages online. Unless you have a background in networking and coding, it’s hard to grab someone off the street who could explain how the internet works behind the scenes. HTTP is one of the languages that is used to transfer information between computers and servers online. Microsoft is looking to upgrade it.
Ever since people started using the internet, the HTTP code has always been there to get us the info we need. However, recent news out of Microsoft shows that not only are they ready to start testing, they have already begun testing something called Katana.
Katana, as GMA News reports, is “a server for HTTP 2.0, or what could be the next version of the web.” Of course, people talk about Web 2.0 to this day, 10+ years after the design aspects and theories were put into place in the current internet. Still, much of the Web 2.0 ideas were about how we approach the internet, how people communicate, and how they manage content.
HTTP 2.0 is an upgrade to how the internet works behind the scenes. One of the most important changes that this could bring is in how a server handles requests. The current HTTP 1.0 works with one request at a time. For HTTP 2.0, multiple requests could be sent and handled by the server immediately. This means reduced strain and problems on the servers that power the internet every day.
Reduced loads on servers means that the internet can operate faster. It can also handle more data in a speedier manner, ultimately improving the user experience as other technologies improve alongside HTTP 2.0. In the coming future, it’s going to be interesting to see how HTTP 2.0 combines with the concepts from Web 2.0 that are still driving how internet users are interacting with the internet and each other.