Weekly Launch Guide March 19, 2018


Google Announces Launch Plans for .app

Google Registry announced launch plans for .app. The TLD provides a secure namespace for application developers to host, promote, and showcase their products and services. Google added .app to the HTTP Strict Transport Security (HSTS) preload list, which means that secure connections (SSL certificates) will be required for live sites. The use of HSTS requires registrants to take steps to configure HTTPS for their domains in order for them to work in all major browsers. With the exception of these security requirements, the TLD will be a regular, open TLD that is open to all interested applicants. The launch begins with a Sunrise Phase on March 29, 2018, which will run through April 30, 2018. Domains will enter General Availability on May 1, 2018, with a 7 day Early Access Program to start. The registry originally planned to launch the .dev TLD at the same time; however, the launch for .dev has been postponed until further notice, so the registry can focus on the launch of .app. For more information, please contact your Client Service Partner.

Live Webinar: Internet Insights from The Walled City: A Report from ICANN 61

The three-legged stretch of 2018 ICANN meetings begins March 10 in San Juan, Puerto Rico, and CSC’s experts will be there to report on the many internet-related topics to be discussed, including increasing competition on the web and the latest domain name and brand protection developments. Seats will fill up fast for this complimentary, must-attend, live event. To see more CSC webinars, click here.

Still Launching

The following TLDs have launch phases (Pre-General Availability) that are currently still in progress. If you are interested in participating in any of these launches, please contact your Client Service Partner.






Launches within 30 days (bold indicates where dates fall within time frame)


Extension Start Date Order Entry Deadline First-come First-served (FCFS) Registry
.xn--imr513n (.餐厅 “Restaurant” Chinese) 11-Mar-2018 9-Apr-2018 Yes Hu Yi Global Information Resources (Holding) Company. Hong Kong Limited
.app 29-Mar-2018 26-Apr-2018 Yes Google
 Limited 2
.bot 5-Dec-2018 28-Mar-2018 Yes Amazon

The information provided is intended for informational purposes only and is subject to change without notice.