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Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) - a replacement to the existing IPv4 system - launched at 00:01 GMT on Wednesday.
Networking giant Cisco predicts that by 2016, 18.9 billion internet-enabled devices will be online. Switching to IPv6 means trillions of possible addresses can now be made.
To ensure a smooth transition, and to make sure devices do not stop working, both systems will work side-by-side for the next few years.
"Most users shouldn't notice anything," said Leo Vegoda from the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, which manages the Internet address system.
joined:Feb 27, 2009
ok so can i finally go dust off my 9 year old IPV6 books now?
Why 2 colons?
Anyone care to explain the weird look to the new addresses?