Earlier today, IANA, the international
body responsible for distributing Internet addresses, completed its final
allocation of IPv4 addresses. IPv4 has been the primary communication
protocol for the Internet for more than 20 years, so this final allocation marks
the end of an era, to the extent the brief history of the Internet can be
categorized this way.
Considering the rapid proliferation of personal computers, smartphones,
networked appliances, and other connected devices around the world, it’s easy to
conceive how we’ve already exhausted four billion IPv4 addresses.
Microsoft and other major technology companies have been working behind the
scenes for years to outline a clear path to the next generation Internet
Protocol, IPv6. Although a complete migration will take years, we are hopeful
that the vast majority of people will never notice the transition.
Microsoft has worked as a member of Internet
Society (ISOC) – and more generally the Internet community – to invest in
and ensure that there is a seamless transition from IPv4 to IPv6. It is
especially important for Microsoft’s online services like Bing to be prepared. For this reason, Bing is
joining other major websites in “World IPv6 Day” on June 8, 2011 as
part of the Internet Society’s effort to validate the readiness of IPv6 as new
foundation of the Internet.
On June 8, we will enable world-wide IPv6 connectivity to Bing.com, for the
purposes of a one-day test. Consumers with IPv6 Internet capabilities will
automatically access this new method of connectivity. This necessitates both a
device that supports IPv6 (like a Windows 7 PC), and support from your Internet
IPv4 traffic will continue to connect to Bing without any change. In fact,
most Bing users won’t even notice that this transition is occurring.
At Microsoft, we have been working towards the promise of a smooth and
prudent transition, and teams across the company have been readying our products
and services to support IPv6. Many of our products, like Windows and Windows Server,
have had robust IPv6 support for years.
is another step in the multi-year process to shepherd in a new Internet era,
with billions upon billions of addresses representing billions of devices and
users. The number of addresses available under IPv6 is more than 300
trillion trillion trillion.
For more detail, you can Bing it: http://www.bing.com/search?q=ipv6
Kevin Boske- Program Manager, Bing