In a private move, Microsoft has acquired the domain name Office.com 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 Office.com website advising customers that the company formerly operating on Office.com 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 ContactOffice.com during the next 30 days.
As part of this transition, on Monday, June 29, 2009, we changed email addresses in the office.com domain to ones in the contactoffice.com domain.
That said, it looks like Microsoft made a smart strategic move and will begin to use Office.com for it’s Microsoft Office suite of products in lieu of its current office.microsoft.com 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.