HTTP/2, the second major revision to the HTTP-standard network protocol, has taken the final step to becoming a standard, with the publication of RFC7540 – the first update to the communications protocol behind the worldwide web since 1999. The upgraded standard is intended to improve web performance, and to better handle the various technologies now transmitted over HTTP.

“HTTP/2 enables a more efficient use of network resources and a reduced perception of latency by introducing header field compression and allowing multiple concurrent exchanges on the same connection. It also introduces unsolicited push of representations from servers to clients,” explains the RFC.