Microsoft takes ownership of XboxOne.com

The first time we heard the name of Microsoft’s forthcoming next gen console was when the company announced it at the reveal back in May. Part of the reason for keeping it so successfully under wraps was that Microsoft didn’t register any domain names in advance.

Unfortunately for Microsoft, XboxOne.com and XboxOne.net were already taken. Unfortunately for the owner of those domains -- an individual living in the UK who had owned both since 2011 -- Microsoft wanted them.

The tech giant filed a dispute with the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) in late May and now both of those domains belong to Microsoft. You can see this for yourself by checking the WHOIS record for XboxOne.com.

Microsoft’s success at winning the domains comes as no surprise. The firm has a history of this kind of thing, and although XboxOne.com had been used for Xbox-related news early on, both it and XboxOne.net were currently dormant, so an easy target. It’s not currently known if Microsoft paid any money to the previous owner to ease the speed of the transition.

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