Microsoft's Faster Internet Plan for Mobile

Microsoft Has Some Ideas for a Faster Internet, Too

Microsoft Has Some Ideas for a Faster Internet, Too

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March 28 2012 2:26 PM

Microsoft Has Some Ideas for a Faster Internet, Too

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(Microsoft has unveiled a new plan for a faster internet that is specifically geared for mobile, called HTTP Speed + Mobility. The proposal may fold nicely into a similar new protocol from Google called SPDY. Microsoft's logo is seen at the XBOX 360 booth during the Electronic Entertainment Expo on June 7, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.)

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I can haz faster Web? The Internet Engineering Task Force, the standards body that exists to improve our expanding digital landscape, is set to receive a proposal from Microsoft to upgrade Hypertext Transfer Protocol, or HTTP, the language used between computer browsers and Web servers.

Google would like to replace HTTP with their SPDY protocol, which they say is 50 percent faster and is already supported by Chrome and Firefox. Microsoft's proposal, called HTTP Speed+Mobility, builds on SPDY but also addresses the needs of mobile devices and applications. The hope is that the IETF will combine ideas from both platforms to create a new standardization that will get you your cute kitten videos before you can say, "Awww!"

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Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.