Companies purchase a ton of domain names defensively each year, but a recent Microsoft acquisition has the rumor mill working overtime. While one might expect the Redmond based software giant to grab hold of something like windowssucks.com (which they did), you probably wouldn’t expect them to also buy up microsoft-sony.com and sony-microsoft.com.
Speculation around the significance of the purchases sparked a follow up by Microsoft’s Corporate Vice President of Communications, Frank Shaw, who wanted to put the issue to bed as quickly as possible.
“RE: sony/ms domain names: Sony = great MS partner. No scoop here, this was just a defensive domain hold. Let's move on to weekend, kay? :)”
While we have to assume Frank is giving us the straight goods, the timing of the registrations are somewhat interesting considering that rumors have been circling surrounding a possible partnership between the two companies on the next generation of console hardware. Of course this could also be something as mundane as a Sony Ericsson Windows Phone 7, or as Frank Shaw Claims, nothing at all.