The Internet Corporation for Assigned Named and Numbers (ICANN) today revealed a massive list of what companies had applied to take control of top-level domain names. Google had recently applied for .doc, .google, .android, .chrome, .cloud, .lol, .vip, and .wow etc.
Now, according to the list, Microsoft has applied to own the domains including: .windows, .xbox, .docs, .microsoft, .azure, .hotmail, .skydrive, and .skype.
Other tech companies such as Amazon has also applied for domain names including .book, .fire, .music, .movie and .free.
These domain don't come cheap, as each applicant had to pay a whopping $185,000 per string, plus an unspecified amount of extra money in order to show the ICANN that they could in fact run a high level domain name.
The ICANN will look at all of the applications, including areas of trademark and copyright ownership, and the first new TLDs expected to go live sometime in 2013.
Check out this list to find, what other companies has applied for.
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