"With World IPv6 Launch, we'll collectively close the gaps and begin to deliver the end-to-end, next-generation Internet. For Google, World IPv6 Launch means that virtually all our services, including Search, Gmail, YouTube and many more, will be available to the world over IPv6 permanently," Erik Kline, IPv6 Software Engineer, Tokyo, stated.
Adding, "previously, only participants in the Google over IPv6 program (several hundred thousand users, including almost all Google employees [PDF]) have been using it every day. Now we're including everyone," he said.
"The vast majority of users shouldn't notice, but check out the test page and help article if you think you might run into difficulty. If you're curious, you can test your connection now at ipv6test.google.com. If your ISP isn't on board yet, ask them to join us," added he said.
"Permanently enabling global IPv6 access to Google services has been our goal since we first began our IPv6 project more than four years ago. We eagerly await the opportunity to realize that goal with our colleagues around the world this June. At long last, IPv6 will be the new normal," Kline stated.
It'll take years for the Internet to transition fully to IPv6, but as William Gibson is said to have said, "The future is already here--it's just not very evenly distributed."
In other Google new, Chrome Dev channel build 18.0.1010.1 released today for Windows and Chrome Frame build 18.0.1010.0 for Mac and Linux, now contains the following updates:
- "PDF plugin now adds 'Rotate Clockwise' and 'Rotate Counterclockwise' commands to context menus, so users can more easily view documents scanned horizontally.
- Updated the first-run bubble text and added a link to change the current search engine
- Fixed HTML5 showing download bar in fullscreen mode. (Issue: 99673)," informed Chrome team blog.