Microsoft, Google Race to Speed Up the Web

This may come as news to owners of 4G smartphones, but the Internet apparently isn’t fast enough and needs to speed up. Google and Microsoft have submitted separate proposals to accomplish this. Google’s SPDY proposal defines and implements an application-layer protocol that reduces latency and seeks to replace parts of the HTTP protocol. It is already being used by Mozilla and Twitter. Microsoft submitted its HTTP Speed+Mobility proposal to the IETF earlier this week. “SPDY did not address battery life in mobile devices or the specific needs of mobile applications,” said Sandeep Singhal, group program manager of Windows Core Networking.
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