Support for the DNS-over-HTTPS protocol has landed this week in Windows Insiders, Microsoft’s experimental version of Windows, where the company tests new features before making them broadly available.
Current Windows 10 Insiders Fast Ring distributions now include a DNS-over-HTTPS (DoH) client.
When activated, this new DoH client will allow the Windows OS to use the DoH protocol instead of classic DNS when connecting to the internet and when resolving web domains.
Work on adding a DoH client in Windows 10 began last year, in November.
Microsoft was responding to a rise in public interest in using DoH instead of DNS. At the time, browsers like Chrome and Firefox had shipped support for DoH.
However, from a software architectural perspective, Mozilla and Google’s DoH rollout were criticized by many engineers and system administrators.
Ever since the early days of operating system design, the OS has been in charge