Missing: major Web portal. Would finder please contact Microsoft Corporation?
Now about a month past its original launch date, the MSN New Zealand Web portal was apparently turned on at 5pm local time on Monday in Redmond, Washington, where the site is being hosted. But www.msn.co.nz still does not exist on the New Zealand DNS and the msn.co.nz domain registered in August now seems to have disappeared.
A lookup carried out on the primary nameserver listed in the domain information against msn.co.nz when it was registered by Microsoft New Zealand in August - ns1.iconz.co.nz (188.8.131.52) - could find no record of the domain. No changes to the domain information are shown on the Domainz site that lists registration activities in progress. This may make msn.co.nz technically a "lame delegation".
Anne Sullivan, a spokesperson for NineMSN, the Microsoft-Packer joint venture that is managing the portal from Australia, said yesterday it "may take some time before the site is universally accessible via the Internet. We expect this to occur within the next 24 hours."
Sullivan last week told @IDG that an imminent launch was being held up while NineMSN consulted its local content partners about the way their content was to be presented. Several of those partners contacted by @IDG were mystified, saying their offerings were ready to go - and had been, in some cases, for six weeks.