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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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Skype Founders Launching Rdio.com, Which They Bought at Sedo

June 3, 2010Domaining, Domainnamewire, janus friis, niklas zennstrom, rdio.com, skype, UncategorizedComments Off on Skype Founders Launching Rdio.com, Which They Bought at Sedo

Rdio.com didn’t cost much, but good luck pronouncing it.

Skype founders Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis are launching a streaming music service at Rdio.com.

First thought: bad domain name. My first assumption was that this is supposed to be like “Radio” but with out the “a”, like a typical web 2.0 spelling. But this Businessweek story explains otherwise: Rdio is pronounced “AR-dee-oh”, a play on the words “radio” and “audio.”

Ouch. Anytime you have to tell someone how to pronounce your name, you’re in trouble. That said, if someone told you to visit Skype.com, you’d probably think skipe.com or scipe.com at first. (The latter is owned by Kevin Ham’s company, but has parking disabled.) And they still did alright with that venture.

The good news for Zennstrom and Friis is they didn’t have to break the bank to buy the domain name. They picked it up at Sedo last year for $5,001.

Still, I would think they have the funds to invest a bit more in their name — saving them the headache of having to tell everyone how to pronounce the name.


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