HTTP/2 standard is introduced to improve webpage loading speed and optimize user experience. All major web browsers already support HTTP/2 today. Microsoft today announced that HTTP/2 is now available for all customers with Azure CDN from Akamai. This feature will be on by default for all existing and new Akamai standard profiles with no additional cost.
- Multiplexing and concurrency: Allow multiple requests sent on the same TCP connection
- Header compression: Reduce header size for faster transfer time
- Stream prioritization and dependencies: Prioritize resources to transfer important data first
- Server push (not supported currently): Allow server to “push” responses proactively into client caches
Microsoft also said that they are working on HTTP2 support for Azure CDN from Verizon and it will be available in the next few months.