Launching a new product and not being in control of the domain names surrounding it can definitively be troublesome for some companies. Luckily, with the help of the Richard Law Group, Microsoft is now in control of both and; a quick WHOIS record query shows the latest information for the two domains.

Back in May of this year, Microsoft filed a complaint to gain control over the two domain names with the National Arbitration Forum. There was never an official ruling on the issue and the case itself has been withdrawn. This signifies that through the Richard Law Group, Microsoft has most likely come to an agreement with the previous owners.

Microsoft isn’t done yet though; the domain name is owned by a Japanese company known as Value-Domain Com and it is yet to be under the company’s control.

The Redmond company was able to secure,, and through a National Arbitration Forum Order, so we will have to wait and see for the decision on

What do you think about the situation – should companies make sure they own domains before settling on a name scheme for a product?

Source: Ars Technica