Microsoft to enable IPv6 version of Bing on World IPv6 day

By Tom Warren, on 3rd Feb 11 9:08 pm with 10 Comments

Microsoft said on Thursday that it plans to enable an IPv6 version of Bing on World IPv6 day.

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 the new foundation of the Internet. Earlier today, IANA, the international body responsible for distributing Internet addresses, completed its final allocation of IPv4 addresses. IPv4 has been steadily approaching its exhaustion phase and the final five blocks of IP addresses were allocated on Thursday. The IANA held a press conference and live webcast on Thursday to mark the occasion and look to the future of IPv6.

Microsoft and other technology companies have been working behind the scenes to prepare for the next-generation Internet Protocol. “Although a complete migration will take years, we are hopeful that the vast majority of people will never notice the transition,” admitted Bing Program Manager Kevin Boske. Microsoft plans to enable world-wide IPv6 connectivity to Bing.com, for the purposes of a one-day test on June 8, 2011. “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,” said Boske.

Microsoft’s Windows operating systems have had IPv6 support for years and it’s now the turn of Internet Service Providers to future proof the Internet. Internet Protocol 6 supports 340282366920938463463374607431768211455 addresses (340 undecillion, 282 decillion, 366 nonillion, 920 octillion, 938 septillion, 463 sextillion, 463 quintillion, 374 quadrillion, 607 trillion, 431 billion, 768 million, 211 thousand and 455) addresses. “This 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,” said Boske.

  • Anonymous

    my internet provider won’t be doing ipv6 for years to come…

    • http://www.daepunt.com Dae Punt

      We sell IPv6 tunneling devices, that will enable your IPv4-only-network to talk IPv6, regardless of your hopeless pre war ISP.

    • Steve Jobs

      What company is this that you speak of?

    • Steve Jobs

      Go Windows 7!

    • http://www.daepunt.com Dae Punt

      That’s our company, Punt & Partners automatisering B.V. We’re a small
      company, based in The Netherlands http://www.pp.nl
      We developed our IPv6 tunneling device that enables our customers to start
      testing their software for IPv6 compatibility. Not tomorrow, not “maybe
      next year”, but NOW! It is still a tunneling device and of course, native
      ISP supported IPv6 is always better… But with the current state of ISP’s
      worldwide, we sell a lot of these units and people are happy with it!

    • Anonymous

      Very good idea, but what’s the point with switching to IPv6 when all website will support it for at least another 10 years

    • http://www.daepunt.com Dae Punt

      The point of our device is to support IPv6 in addition to IPv4. We’re not
      getting rid of IPv4 (we’ll be needing IPv4 some good 20 more years anyway),
      but we’re only adding IPv6! The thing is that everybody needs to start
      running dual stack, but as long as everybody keeps waiting for other parties
      to act, we will all end up running out of time!

      The thing is: if a big supplier of information forces you to switch (or you
      won’t be able to keep using their services), there is not enough time to
      check software compatibility. The aim of our device is to enable you to do
      your additional IPv6 rollout now, allowing you to find and solve IPv6
      compatibility issues now and not later :-)

    • Anonymous

      Is the device expensive?

    • http://www.daepunt.com Dae Punt

      It sells at $300, plus shipping.

    • Anonymous

      like Steve jobs says (reading Winrumors lol) what company is that?