When it comes to playing by the new rules, Microsoft apparently has thrown in the towel. There apparently aren’t any new rules anymore. And Microsoft has decided, for whatever reason, that they don’t want to play by the new rules anymore. At least when it comes to domain names.
Of the 19 domain names that Microsoft has failed to renew in the past 24 hours, there are three that apparently Microsoft doesn’t want anymore. They haven’t renewed these names, meaning that you soon can “play by the new rules”:
In fact, here’s the whois record for PlayByTheNewRules.com:
Whois Record for PlayByTheNewRules.com Registrar CSC CORPORATE DOMAINS, INC. Registrar Status redemptionPeriod Dates Created on 2007-06-25 - Expires on 2014-06-25 - Updated on 2014-06-22 IP Address 22.214.171.124 - 22,629 other sites hosted on this server Name Server(s) NS1.MSFT.NET (has 31,722 domains) NS2.MSFT.NET (has 31,722 domains) NS3.MSFT.NET (has 31,722 domains) NS4.MSFT.NET (has 31,722 domains) NS5.MSFT.NET (has 31,722 domains) IP Location United States - New York - New York City - Ms Hotmail ASN United States AS8075 MICROSOFT-CORP-MSN-AS-BLOCK - Microsoft Corporation,US (registered Mar 31, 1997) Domain Status Deleted And Available Again Whois History 37 records have been archived since 2007-06-27 IP History 6 changes on 5 unique IP addresses over 7 years Registrar History 2 registrars Hosting History 2 changes on 2 unique name servers over 7 years Whois Server whois.corporatedomains.com Website Website Title None given. Server Type Microsoft-IIS/8.5 Whois Record ( last updated on 2014-06-23 ) Warning—Incomplete Record The record we received from the Whois server may be incomplete. No match for playbythenewrules.com.
So, does this now mean that there are no more new rules? Apparently so. PlayByTheRules.com is registered, PlayByTheRules.net is for sale, and PlayByTheRules.org is also registered. Maybe if you want to define the new rules, you might be interested in registering these Play by the New Rules domains. Microsoft apparently doesn’t want them.
Just for the record, there were 16 other domain names that Microsoft failed to renew, as well:
Oh yeah, and by the way, I did a little research (meaning that I Googled it): “Play by the New Rules” was the slogan of the Microsoft India Development Center, Hyderabad, back around 2008.