Longhorn IPv6 ready

Microsoft has announced that Longhorn, its next generation mainstream operating system, will support IPv6. The news was released in a recent public online chat.

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By  Simon Duddy Published  March 23, 2005

Microsoft has announced that Longhorn, its next generation mainstream operating system, will support IPv6. The news was released in a recent online chat the software giant held with the public. Jawad Khaki, vice president of Microsoft's networking and devices division, said that Longhorn, which is due for release in 2006, will support Ipv6 as well the latest wireless technologies. “Longhorn will offer a new, integrated IPv4/IPv6 stack optimised for low-speed wireless and multi-gigabit networks. The new stack will have extensibility to enable easy integration with third-party products, such as firewalls, parental controls and virus products. We will also have enhancements to provide easy diagnostics to help users and network managers to easily troubleshoot problems,” said Khaki. “Our direction on IPv6 is to enable end-to-end networking that is critical to emerging peer-to-peer applications. In addition to IPv6, we will have also have platform advancements to further simplify development of peer-to-peer applications,” he added. In terms of wireless, Longhorn will have the latest 802.11i security support, added Khaki. The Wi-Fi stack is being rewritten for Longhorn to allow for extensibility. The extensibility features are designed to allow hardware developers to add support for extra features. There will be a public API for configuration of wireless networks, as well as support for group policy, scripting and diagnostics. On the consumer front, Microsoft noted that Longhorn will also include support for home networking, with a focus on streaming of audio and video media streams for entertainment and real-time communications.

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