Last week Microsoft spent $7.5 million to buy 666,624 what?

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by / March 25, 2011

Answer: IPv4 addresses. The company purchased a block of the soon-to-be-extinct addresses from bankrupt telecom equipment builder Nortel. Few IPv4 addresses remain as the number of websites around the world continues to grow. A push to transition to IPv6 - and the 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 possible addresses it will make available - is a top priority for many in state and local government. 

 

 

Chad Vander Veen

Chad Vander Veen previously served as the editor of FutureStructure, and the associate editor of Government Technology and Public CIO magazines.

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