ICANN Committee rejects dotless domain names, won't "pursue any additional studies"

As you may recall from prior posts on this blog, there has been significant interest in the new gTLDs (e.g. foo.microsoft, foo.docs) and proposals from Google to allow one of their gTLD applications (.search) to function as a dotless domain (e.g. http//search). This ask was in sharp contrast to the report from ICANN’s own Security…

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An update on so-called dotless domains on the Internet

A couple of months ago I wrote here about the challenges with so-called "dotless" domains (e.g. http://microsoft instead of the common http://www.microsoft.com). Such shortcuts may seem harmless at first glance, but they raise many more issues than might be solved when it comes to completing and validating an Internet URL or email address. As you…

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ICANN, the GAC, SSAC and gTLDs: Challenges with Dotless Domains and Closed Generics

Last year, Craig Mundie posted about ICANN’s gTLD Reveal Day calling it “another step in the Internet’s evolution.” Let’s hope we won’t see “one step up and two steps back.” ICYMI, ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers organization) approved plans for new generic Top Level Domains (“gTLDs”) to add to the common domains…

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Announcements: Supporting the next version of the Internet with IPv6 SP1

In my job at Microsoft, I worry about lots of things, not the least of which is where I parked my car this morning. I worry about Russia’s move to abolish Daylight Saving Time, where to eat in Las Vegas, and the transition to ipv6. (Of course, our other announcement today eliminating the clock from…

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Post: Configuring IPv6 addresses on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008

Of interest is Rand Morimoto post today on IPv6 Static Addressing and DNSv6, with details on configuring IPv6 addresses on Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008. In this blog post, Rand covers… How to statically address a Windows 2008 / Windows 2008 R2 Server How to statically address a Windows 7 Client System How to…

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Bing to support the next generation of the Internet on World IPv6 Day

As noted in my post "The Transition to IPv6 is not the End of the World. No, Really." the way numbering and identifying Internet connected devices – or IP addresses – is done is changing from the current IPv4, and we will soon be adding more through the change to IPv6.  The transition to IPv6…

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With IPv6, where will you keep your 428 octillion Internet enabled devices?

Today we were discussing the transition from IPv4 to IPv6 that I noted yesterday. To me, one of the amazing numbers in this effort are the number of IP addresses that IPv6 enables, as I noted in the post… Realizing that eventually these IPv4 addresses would be exhausted, Internet Protocol version six (IPv6) was mapped…

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The Transition to IPv6 is not the End of the World. No, Really.

Today is my tenth anniversary of joining Microsoft, and in that time I have seen my share of interesting headlines. Today I add another one, from the article in the Wall Street Journal that notes that the “Web is running out of addresses…”  (video link: http://on.wsj.com/g1JX8E) Well, we have plenty of web address – or…

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Did you win £450,000 in a "Microsoft Lottery"? Think again: it's a phishing attempt

I was asked today… I received a message in my email on behalf of Microsoft from the National Lottery International [stating] "A certificate of winning and other certificates including your winning cheque of Four Hundred and Fifty Thousand Great Britain Pound Sterlings has been sent to us by the claims officer of overseas Winner of…

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Why do I need IPv6? Where can I learn from Microsoft about IPv6 for Windows? (Your questions on IPv6)

This came in today via email (thanks, Brin)… "Why do I need IPv6? Is there more about IPv6 available from Microsoft? Is there anything I need to do to support IPv6 in Windows Vista or Windows 7?" Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is (Wikipedia tells us) "the next-generation Internet Layer protocol for packet-switched internetworks and the…

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