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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, 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 (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.

© 2011.

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Microsoft Scores Domain Name

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

Company registers short Nigerian domain name.

Microsoft registered the short URL 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. 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 The registrar reports a number of other second level registrations including,,,,,, and 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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