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Microsoft’s Generation App: F’ it, it blows (so say domain names)

June 16, 201230tolaunch.com, Domaining, Domainnamewire, gen app, generation app, generationapp.com, microsoft, UncategorizedComments Off on Microsoft’s Generation App: F’ it, it blows (so say domain names)

Microsoft registers dirty names related to its new Generation App.

Microsoft is releasing its Generation App (Or Gen App), which is a suite of tools to help you build an app for Microsoft platforms within 30 days.

The web sites for the initiative are 30tolaunch.com and GenerationApp.com.

The company isn’t taking any chances, snatching up lots of typos of GenerationApp.com including generatonapp.com and generat6ionapp.com. These two and many other domains are registered in Microsoft’s name.

But Microsoft turned to brand protection company Mark Monitor to help it register all of the negative domain names someone could think of to blast the initiative. Here’s a list of domains Microsoft registered via Mark Monitor and its DNStination subsidiary rather than its own credentials:

f@ckgenapp.com
f@ckgenerationapp.com
genappbites.com
genappblows.com
genappporn.com
genappsucks.com
genappsux.com
genappxxx.com
generationappbites.com
generationappblows.com
generationappsucks.com
generationappxxx.com

(and yes, the @ is really ‘u’.)


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Microsoft applies for 11 (mostly) .brand domain names including .skype

June 13, 2012Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoft, skype, UncategorizedComments Off on Microsoft applies for 11 (mostly) .brand domain names including .skype

Microsoft goes easy on new top level domains.

Compared to other internet giants Google and Amazon, Microsoft was conservative on the top level domains it has applied for. There are 11 in total:

AZURE
BING
DOCS
HOTMAIL
LIVE
MICROSOFT
OFFICE
SKYDRIVE
SKYPE
WINDOWS
XBOX

All of these look like brands, save for perhaps .docs.

This looks like more of a defensive play than anything else, although I’m sure Microsoft can find a good way to put .office and .skype to use.

The other internet heavyweights — Google and Amazon.com — each applied for strings that are generic in nature and will likely be offered to the public.

It’s possible that Microsoft applied for some consumer strings through a different registry name.


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Microsoft Adds More Domains to Sedo

July 19, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoftComments Off on Microsoft Adds More Domains to Sedo

Company adds typo, .co, and other domains up for sale.

Microsoft has added more domain names for sale on domain name brokerage site Sedo.

Abdu Tarabichi, who spotted the initial batch of Microsoft domains listed for sale, noticed that Microsoft added 18 domain names to its list of domains. These are only the domains it lists on its sales landing pages; it’s possible the company has more listed in its account.

Newly added domains include the generic typo HighDefintitionVideo.com, a .co domain FolderShare.co, and Fudgehog.com (which appears to be a character from Microsoft’s Viva Pinata game).

I can’t spot any rhyme or reason to the domains Microsoft is listing, other than that it probably has little use for them.


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Microsoft Lists Over 100 Domains For Sale on Sedo

June 26, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoftComments Off on Microsoft Lists Over 100 Domains For Sale on Sedo

Company gets proactive with domain sales.

Yesterday I wrote about Microsoft’s sale of Do.com. Last month Microsoft finally relented and sold HotList.com to startup TheHotList.com.

But it appears that Microsoft might also be proactively selling some of its domain names.

Abdu Tarabichi noticed that the software giant has listed over 100 domain names for sale on domain marketplace Sedo.

If you type any of the domains into your browser, they’ll forward you to a page on fpq.biz, which then has a link to Sedo.

It’s not clear to me how long these domains have been listed on Sedo, as some of them have over 100 listing views and multiple offers. Interestingly, some are typos of domain names Microsoft uses.

Although the money Microsoft can generate from these domains is nothing big to such a large corporation, it’s nice to see it open up its treasure trove to people who may want to use the domains for a business.


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Microsoft Sells (or Places for Sale) Do.com

June 25, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, marksmen, microsoft, namequiverComments Off on Microsoft Sells (or Places for Sale) Do.com

Domain name transfers to IP protection company.

An old Microsoft domain name has changed hands.

The whois record for Do.com changed yesterday from Microsoft to Glendale, California company Marksmen.

Marksmen is an intellectual property company that often helps companies acquire domain names. But it also owns NameQuiver, a domain name brokerage that sells domains on behalf of other companies.

NameQuiver was the seller broker for the now complete $2.6 million Social.com sale. That domain was sold through a Moniker auction to an as-yet-unnamed buyer.

If Microsoft were just using Marksmen as a broker the domain probably would have remained in Microsoft’s name, so my verdict here is that the domain has sold.

Do.com was originally registered in 1995. Lately it merely forwarded to a Bing query for “do”, which is common for Microsoft’s unused domain names.


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Will Microsoft App Your Web Site?

June 3, 2011domain name registration, Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoft, msft, UncategorizedComments Off on Will Microsoft App Your Web Site?

Company registers intriguing domain names.

Is Microsoft working on a way to quickly turn your web site into an app?

On June 1 the company registered the domain name AppYourSites.com, along with at least 6 other top level domain names of the same name.

After a bit of searching (on Google, but also Bing to be fair to Microsoft) I can’t find any information about what Microsoft plans to do with this domain name.

However, there’s an existing company at AppYourSite.com (singular) that helps companies quickly create apps for mobile usage.

My educated guess is Microsoft is working on a solution to let you quickly create an app (be it for Windows Phone or perhaps Apple iOS and Android) from your existing web site.

This is an important market as a lot of mobile users are shifting from web usage to opening up their favorite apps on mobile devices. Companies I know of that have created apps based on their web sites report very long user engagement times from the app compared to the web site.


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TheHotList.com Buys HotList.com From Microsoft

May 24, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoft, thehotlist.comComments Off on TheHotList.com Buys HotList.com From Microsoft

Startup pries domain name loose from software giant.

When your startup wants to upgrade its domain name, it’s never a good sign when the domain you want is owned by one of the biggest companies in the world.

That’s what happened recently with “social discovery engine” The Hotlist. The company uses TheHotlist.com as its main domain name. As any domain investor will tell you, this means a lot of people tried to find the site at Hotlist.com. (Remember how Facebook was once TheFacebook.com?)

The problem: Microsoft owned Hotlist.com.

But on Friday the startup managed to finally close on a transaction to buy the domain name from Microsoft. A company representative declined to disclose the purchase price, but said the company has been talking to Microsoft for a couple years about acquiring the domain name.

Congrats to TheHotlist.com. Or should I say Hotlist.com?


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Microsoft Scores Bi.ng Domain Name

February 9, 2011.ng, bing, Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoft, msft, nigeria, UncategorizedComments Off on Microsoft Scores Bi.ng Domain Name

Company registers short Nigerian domain name.

Microsoft registered the short URL Bi.ng on February 4 thanks to the liberalization of Nigeria’s .ng domain name to allow limited second level registrations.

Previously you were required to register .ng domain names at the third level, e.g. name.com.ng. However, Nigeria Internet Registration Association (NIRA) is now selling second level domains through an “auction“.

Companies with trademark rights in a particular domain can get the second level .ng for 3 million Naira, which is approximately $20,000 USD.

The domain name was registered through NIRA-accredited registrar WebDomains.com.ng. The registrar reports a number of other second level registrations including 3m.ng, leadership.ng, google.ng, gmail.ng, youtube.ng, honeywell.ng, and googli.ng.

Bi.ng might be a great URL shortener for Bing, but I have my concerns about basing a web site on country code domains like .ng that can frequently change their policies.


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Microsoft Buys Kinect.com Domain Name

January 2, 2011Domain Sales, Domaining, Domainnamewire, kinect, microsoftComments Off on Microsoft Buys Kinect.com Domain Name

Microsoft gets domain name to go along with popular Kinect product.

Kinect xboxMicrosoft has purchased the domain name Kinect.com, updated whois records show.

The company launched its popular motion based Kinect system for Xbox last year, and it was a hot Christmas gift.

Last week the company filed a UDRP to get a typo of Kinect.com, wwwKinect.com. At about the same time, both Kevin Murphy and I noted that Microsoft might be trying to acquire Kinect.com. Apparently we were right.

A marketing group called Kinect under the CorbettAccel umbrella sold the domain name. It used to forward to a page within their web site, but did not resolve when I checked it last week.

The domain name still doesn’t resolve at the time of writing.

(Hat tip: Ryan)


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Microsoft Goes After Kinect Domain Names

December 30, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, microsoft, National Arbitration Forum, Policy & LawComments Off on Microsoft Goes After Kinect Domain Names

Company files arbitration cases to get domain names.

If you registered domain names with “Kinect” in them with plans to develop sites related to the XBox Kinect system, you better watch out.

Microsoft has filed 7 UDRP cases at National Arbitration Forum since Christmas, all targeting domain names with “Kinect” in them. Among the domains targeted: MicrosoftKinect.com, KinectWorld.com, KinectPro.com, and KinectReviews.us.

Most of the domain names being challenged have parking pages with video game ads. But one of them could be a challenge for Microsoft: wwwKinect.com.

Microsoft doesn’t actually own Kinect.com. It’s owned by a marketing group called Kinect under the CorbettAccel umbrella. (Don’t be surprised if they end up selling the domain name to Microsoft. It used to forward to a web site but no longer resolves.)

So can they win a UDRP for a typo of a domain name they don’t even own?


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