Microsoft Pledges Support for IPv6

Announcements by Microsoft and Cisco of support for Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) ensure eventual migration of the Internet to the new standard. Though a complete transition to IPv6 may take five to ten years, endorsement by these industry heavyweights ends years of debate and interim fixes that retrofitted new functionality onto the current Internet Protocol, IPv4. Initial Microsoft support for IPv6 comes in the form of a "technical preview" that enables developers to begin porting applications to the new protocol.

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