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Google to Remove http:// From Future Chrome

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Developers slash the h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash.

Remember the old days (no, the really old days) when giving web addresses, one would include the h-t-t-p-colon-slash-slash? In an upcoming build of the Google Chrome browser, the http:// part will be no more.

Of course, that's no big worry to the majority of users since even the "www" part is often omitted these days – both in speech and typing into a browser. While most users will find themselves surfing on http, a problem could come up with trying to access ftp or https, though it seems that the upcoming Chrome will still display those when applicable.

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    XD_dued , April 21, 2010 1:21 AM
    lol i still type http:// :) 
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    bison88 , April 21, 2010 1:00 AM
    I skipped it a long time ago out of laziness when I figured www. gets me to the same place :) .
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    Upendra09 , April 21, 2010 1:11 AM
    i just do web address and ctrl, enter

    like so

    tomshardware, ctrl+enter -> www.tomshardware.com
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  • 11 Hide
    bison88 , April 21, 2010 1:00 AM
    I skipped it a long time ago out of laziness when I figured www. gets me to the same place :) .
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 21, 2010 1:04 AM
    My website doesn't have www at all. http://professionalmike.com/
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    Upendra09 , April 21, 2010 1:11 AM
    i just do web address and ctrl, enter

    like so

    tomshardware, ctrl+enter -> www.tomshardware.com
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    XD_dued , April 21, 2010 1:21 AM
    lol i still type http:// :) 
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    the_one111 , April 21, 2010 1:30 AM
    How will I know websites are encrypted with Https then?
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    enzo matrix , April 21, 2010 2:00 AM
    I'm currently using the dev version of chrome and when I read this article, I looked up, and there was no http://
    Didn't notice it until tom's pointed it out :) 
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    enzo matrix , April 21, 2010 2:02 AM
    the_one111How will I know websites are encrypted with Https then?

    Just tried it. It still displays the "https://" but in a cool blue text.
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    7amood , April 21, 2010 2:14 AM
    i like the "h-t-t-p-:-/-/" and am used to it, even though i don't use it
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    acecombat , April 21, 2010 2:37 AM
    the_one111How will I know websites are encrypted with Https then?

    Please read before making a comment:
    A problem could come up with trying to access ftp or https, though it seems that the upcoming Chrome will still display those when applicable.
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    brendano257 , April 21, 2010 2:44 AM
    I only type "tomshardware.com" etc. Haven't done anything differently for years, except for FTP or HTTPS of course...
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    pojih , April 21, 2010 2:46 AM
    Most of the time on Chrome I just type in "toms hardware" and either google will pull it up, or it comes straight here.
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    belardo , April 21, 2010 2:57 AM
    PAD-LOCK... and as stated above, HTTPS *SHOULD* still be shown and if anything, will show up more so because HTTP is not shown.
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    lolsir , April 21, 2010 4:08 AM
    I just type the website name with the .com only, no http or www bs....
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    dotaloc , April 21, 2010 4:25 AM
    brendano257I only type "tomshardware.com" etc. Haven't done anything differently for years, except for FTP or HTTPS of course...


    +1 to that. i was thinking it as i read each comment and relieved that i wasn't the only one. i think my next batch of business cards are going to omit http://(used currently) and www(haven't used in a while).
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    kelemvor4 , April 21, 2010 4:38 AM
    probably not a great idea on the www since www.domain.com is just a subdomain of domain.com and not necessarily the same IP at all.

    On the other hand, I don't really care what Google does. I tried chrome and didn't like it.
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    Zinosys , April 21, 2010 5:54 AM
    http:// and www. are two totally different things. http:// is specifying the protocol to use when transferring the data from server to client, and www. is a subdomain of the web server you are going to.

    Except for ftp://, https://, smb://, and afp://, I type tomshardware.com. :D 
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    anamaniac , April 21, 2010 6:14 AM
    Cool.
    I rarely type even the .com though.
    tomshardware, google maps, TPB, newgrounds etc.
    Google finds me the rest. :D 
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    Anonymous , April 21, 2010 6:50 AM
    I don't understand this change at all. The http:// is an important part of the address. So, it won't display the http://, but it will display the https://??? Just display the whole thing. Don't be dicks, Google.
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    suncho , April 21, 2010 7:25 AM
    I type the http:// every time. Displaying it at the very least helps add clarity.
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    nottheking , April 21, 2010 8:43 AM
    Yeah, this makes little sense to me. And will likely drive many of the more tech-savvy from Chrome, and instead to their closest competitor, Opera. (then again, Opera's what I personally use)

    But yeah, there's a REASON there's still "Http://" and it's not due to legacy. As others have already noted, it's to differetiate it from other protocols used on the Internet, most commonly (in browsers) "https://" and "ftp://," and perhaps less commonly, ones like "irc://", "smb://" or even "afp://" It's a strong sense of inconsistency to remove it for one protocol, and keep it for the rest.

    TBH, this is just taking Chrome another step toward being the "baby's browser," and less of one made for people with actual tech-savvy.
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