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Microsoft-Sony.com Domain Name Registered By .... Microsoft

It might not mean much but Microsoft has just registered the domain name Microsoft-sony.com as well as sony-microsoft.com, something that some have speculated may mean a common console product from two of the biggest players in the market, but the truth might be a bit less exciting.

One of them currently redirects to a 404 page while the other goes to a Bing search results page. The most likely explanation is that Sony Ericsson which is a joint venture between Sony and Ericsson will launch a Windows Phone handset soon, betting, like LG, on both Windows and Android.

But then, as some have suggested, why not register microsoft-sonyericsson or sonyericsson-microsoft instead? Rumours indicate that Sony Ericsson may decide to launch a Windows Phone edition of its Android-based Xperia Neo with the same 4-inch screen as well as a QWERTY slide-out keyboard.

On the other hand, the acquisition of both domains may point to a forthcoming joint announcement from the two companies. Firms usually buy domain names with their own trademarks in order to get on top of search engine results page quickly and the fact that Sony's name is included means that the Japanese corporation has given its agreement to the purchase (or Microsoft would be in a very precarious situation).

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.