The first update of this century to the venerable HTTP standard has been completed. Called HTTP/2, the standard only needs to go through some final edits before being published for use in browsers and web services. Last overhauled in 1999 with HTTP 1.1, the new HTTP/2 promises faster page loads, longer lasting connections, and better data pushing into caches.

HTTP/2 also looks to fix a longstanding problem with multiple HTTP requests, which can slow web servers and prevent page loads. It will do so with multiplexing, which will deliver multiple requests simultaneously. Also improved are API interfacing and beefier encryption capabilities. Google has already announced they will switch to HTTP/2 as quickly as possible to make browsing on Chrome faster and more efficient, and other browser companies are following suit.

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