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Status: Delegated
Registry Provider: Verisign
Type: Brand TLD
Priority #: 638 - Microsoft

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.windows is a Brand TLD being delegated in ICANN's New gTLD Program. Microsoft manages the TLD and is its Registry. The proposed application succeeded and was delegated to the Root Zone on 10 June, 2015.[1].[2]

Application Details

The following is excerpted from the applicant's response to question #18:

'Microsoft first released the Windows® operating system for personal computers in 1985. With versions geared toward home as well as professional use, a server platform and niche products for tablets and mobile phones, the Windows® operating system provides a reliable graphical user interface, virtual memory management and multitasking. The Windows 7 operating system, the most recent release, is compatible with thousands of software programs from media players to gaming consoles.

The mission of the .windows registry is to lay the groundwork for providing consumers and businesses who interact with Microsoft through the .windows registry with a more secure and authentic experience, to protect the famous Windows brand, and to promote the Windows operating system.

We are assessing the opportunities that a new gTLD has for the delivery of secure communications, products and services.


Registration of a .windows domain name will be restricted to Microsoft Corporation and its wholly owned subsidiaries.

All domains in the .windows registry will be registered to Microsoft Corporation or one of its wholly owned subsidiaries. "[3]