WWW FAQs: What does .net stand for?

2006-02-12: The .net TLD (top-level domain name) stands for NETwork. Domains in .net have traditionally been registered by Internet service providers -- the companies we buy our Internet service from at home. They are also frequently used by web hosting companies. However, anyone may register a .net domain for any purpose.

See what are the top level domains? and what is a domain name?

.NET (in all caps) also refers to Microsoft's strategy for building "web services" and other Internet-aware applications, among other things. Microsoft's what is .NET? page attempts to further pin down this somewhat vague marketing term for Microsoft's approach to software development.

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