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The Puzzling Thing About Microsoft’s…

…is the URL. They’ve chosen as short a domain as you can get for their new research-orientated social network, but when you visit the site it redirects to

A few possible reasons come to mind:

  • Microsoft corporate policy or standard setup (not every Microsoft site redirects, but most do)
  • Concern that users wouldn’t realise it’s a valid domain name (but then why choose an unusual short name and URL in the first place?)
  • Improving automatic URL recognition in software/services, including their own (e.g. typing into WordPad produces a link, doesn’t)

Whatever the actual cause, it won’t have a noticeable effect on the site’s success but is the kind of irritating tiny detail that hints at a lack of thought or commitment.


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