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Microsoft Launches Newly Acquired Office.com

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It's office dot com.

The domain name Office.com could be attached to many things. It could be for an office supply store like Staples, or for NBC's comedy show, or even an application suite for productivity software.

Microsoft, however, has taken an extreme liking to the domain and recently purchased it from its previous owner for an undisclosed amount. Obviously, Microsoft intends to use the site for promotion of its Office suite of software.

Today Microsoft has officially taken over the domain and is pointing it to its website for Office 2007 products. Many believed that Microsoft was reserving the domain for its upcoming online productivity application services that would compete with Google Apps.

Microsoft could still use the domain specifically for its up-and-coming online services, but we'll likely have to wait until the launch of Office 2010 for that.

Just for fun, check out this Office 2010 promotional trailer that Microsoft commissioned. It doesn't offer much information about software, but it's entertaining for anyone who has spent time working on TPS reports.

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    ssalim , August 21, 2009 6:55 PM
    Ha, "TPS report". Office space.
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    masop , August 21, 2009 7:23 PM
    I would have loved to be the recepient. :-) If you google the domain and click archive, it shows nothing but 14 or 15 pages of chinese (someone correct me if I'm wrong about the language) characters. Someone just got richer, and not just microsoft.
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    Major7up , August 21, 2009 7:28 PM
    Does anyone have access to a DNS server that still has the previous info cached? That could shed some light on where it came from.
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    masop , August 21, 2009 7:30 PM
    Belgians sell coveted office.com domain to Microsoft

    http://news.techworld.com/applications/120757/belgians-sell-coveted-officecom-domain-to-microsoft/
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    tsiberious , August 21, 2009 7:41 PM
    Quote:
    Does anyone have access to a DNS server that still has the previous info cached? That could shed some light on where it came from.

    http://web.archive.org/web/*/http://www.office.com
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    falchard , August 22, 2009 12:00 AM
    I don't know what it is, but I have been using Microsoft alot more lately. Bing, and a @live.com account.
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    randomizer , August 22, 2009 1:23 AM
    I smell an EU fine.
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    scuba dave , August 22, 2009 5:02 PM
    Weren't they just banned from selling Office? Must be nice to be MSFT, and not be worried.