Google and Microsoft violate Internet standards to get fast websites

(written by lawrence krubner, however indented passages are often quotes). You can contact lawrence at:, or follow me on Twitter.



It’s getting late, so I’ll wrap this up with a few thoughts:

Fast is good. I’m excited to see that sub-100ms page loads are possible, and it’s a shame to not be able to take full advantage of modern networks because of protocol limitations (http being the limiting protocol, btw).

Being non-standards-compliant in a way that privileges their flows relative to others seems more than a little hypocritical from a company that’s making such a fuss about network neutrality.

I’m not really qualified to render judgment on whether IW10 is a net positive, but after reading the discussion (and considering that the internet hasn’t actually melted down), I’m inclined to think that it is.

I’m pretty confident that turning off slow-start entirely, as Microsoft seems to be doing in my trace, is a very bad thing (maybe even a bug).

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