Microsoft has today announced that its Windows 10 Microsoft Edge browser now supports Brotli as an HTTP content-encoding method. In a blog post today, the company says the support is starting with EdgeHTML 15.14986. That build of Edge has been available for some time, but Brotli support is coming to Windows Insiders first. Rob Trace, Senior Program Manager, Microsoft Edge says that Brotli support is available in preview on the Windows Insider Program. The web browser supports both HTTPS and HTTP connections. With this new development, Brotli now operates across Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, and Microsoft Edge. Brotli is an open source data compression format, previously based on the WOFF2 font format. It is based on variants of the LZ77 algorithm, Huffman coding, and 2nd order context modeling. One of the key abilities of Brotli is improved compression ratio, which can be up to 20% better. The format can achieve this without losing compression and decompression speeds. Trace explains how improved compressions help Microsoft Edge: “This ultimately results in substantially reduced page weight for users, improving load times without substantially impacting client-side CPU costs. As compared to existing algorithms, like Deflate, Brotli compression is more efficient in terms of file size and CPU time.”
Microsoft Brings Brotli Format Support to Microsoft Edge
Brotli support for Microsoft Edge is currently only available in preview for Widows Insiders. At the moment the browser manages both HTTP and HTTPS connections, but Microsoft will change to HTTPS solely in future updates.