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Microsoft Acquires Domain Name


In a private move, Microsoft has acquired the domain name for a yet to be disclosed sum. Perhaps this figure will be disclosed in a future SEC filing.

Sometime between May 19 and May 23, 2009, a company called Marksmen, a Microsoft contractor according to ComputerWorld, took possession of the domain name. On August 4th, the domain name was transferred to Microsoft’s account, according to Whois information.

There is a note on the website advising customers that the company formerly operating on will no longer be operating on that domain name:

As you know from the recent email we sent you, we will be transitioning the operation of your Virtual Office account to during the next 30 days.

As part of this transition, on Monday, June 29, 2009, we changed email addresses in the domain to ones in the domain.

That said, it looks like Microsoft made a smart strategic move and will begin to use for it’s Microsoft Office suite of products in lieu of its current url. It will be interesting to see if there will be any significant changes to the operation of the website and interactivity on it, or if its simply a branding decision to enhance the company’s online presence.

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Comments (7)

    owen frager

    Will be interesting to see who bought Dell has cloud Great to see corporations REALLY start to get it. There is a movement in that direction. Just sad to see the visionaries who launched Internet Explorer get so lost off their own trial for so many years. In hiring away from Google and Yahoo and the CEO from a software company that had to compete with MS- these are the kind of changes that will continue to result from different minded thinking.

    August 6th, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Rob Chandler

    Great move by microsoft… its amazing to see even the most advanced computer software and hardware companies late to the domain name game but here is living proof!

    Like one of my favorite sayings though… “its never too late” 😉

    It seems you can’t lose with a good Generic Domain!

    August 6th, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Tim Davids

    My money says they bought this due to open office and may go open source just to hit goog.

    August 6th, 2009 at 5:41 pm


    Check out the Office Facebook page for Office news and tons of helpful resources to help you use all the features of your Office applications. You can post your questions to the Wall and get help directly from Microsoft!

    MSFT Office Outreach Team

    August 6th, 2009 at 5:48 pm


    better domains:

    August 8th, 2009 at 1:45 am


    @ Jeff

    Better than what?

    August 8th, 2009 at 9:14 am

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