Company gets control of dotBing.com domain name, but doesn’t have dot domains related to most other TLD bids.
This week Microsoft took control of dotBing.com, a domain that was registered back in 2009. Its interest in the domain is clearly related to the company’s bid for a .bing top level domain name.
The company applied for 11 top level domains in total. But it doesn’t own the corresponding .com in most of them. And obtaining them won’t be easy; many of them are clearly generic and not just Microsoft brands.
The only other dot domain corresponding to one of its TLD bids that Microsoft appears to own is dotHotmail.com. It was registered back in 2001 and the company got control of it in 2009.
Here are the other 9 domains and when they were registered.
dotOffice.com 2009 (owned by a long time domain investor)
dotSkydrive.com not registered
dotSkype.com April 9, 2012
dotWindows.com June 14, 2012
Of course, most new TLD backers will tell you that owning a .com like this isn’t necessary. And given that Microsoft is unlikely to dole out a bunch of second level domains to users in most of these TLDs, it’s probably even less important.