Most people reading this blog are probably aware that Microsoft is force-converting Hotmail users to its new Outlook email service this week. And as many of you know, ‘Hotmail’ is one of the most cybersquatted brands of all-time. With Outlook being an emerging global brand, it provides a good use case for our newly expanded Brand Monitoring service. Granted, Microsoft announced the launch of Outlook.com last August, and that is when most of the aggressive domain registrations likely happened. But as expected, the formal launch of Outlook.com this week has generated a large number of new Outlook-related domain registrations. Here are a few examples of such domains in some of the new TLDs we monitor:
None of these domains are owned by Microsoft. Of course the Brand Monitor product still covers our most popular TLDs, including .com:
microsoftoutlookonline.com (since deleted)
All of these registered this month as well.If you have brands and trademarks with global appeal, and care about abusive domain registration activity, I hope you’ll check out our newly updated TLD coverage within Brand Monitor.