WinUnleaked.info now redirects to Microsoft.com [Update]

In the months leading up to the launch of Windows 8, the site that was perhaps the biggest source of leaked information and early screenshots from the operating system was WinUnleaked. Originally located at WinUnleaked.tk and later WinUnleaked.info, the site and its mysterious founder "Canouna" posted up images of Windows 8 pre-release builds and information on the build numbers of the OS before it launched on a regular basis.

Now it looks like WinUnleaked and its founder have faded away. A quick check of the WinUnleaked.info URL sends the web surfer over to the main page of Microsoft.com. All other WinUnleaked.info pages are taken to an error page on Microsoft.com.

It's possible that Microsoft wanted to close as many development holes in its future Windows plans as possible and forced the URL to shut down. However, it's also possible that "Canouna" decided to simply retire the site on his own accord and Microsoft came in afterwards to claim the domain name. Indeed, "Canouna's" own personal Twitter account has also shut down.

We have emailed Microsoft to find out how they acquired WinUnleaked.info.

Update: A check on WinUnleaked.info WHOIS info shows that Microsoft has not acquired the domain. It's looking more likely that "Canouna" has simply decided to retire the site.

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Canouna supposedly reported on leaving WinUnleaked back in summer 2012, so I guess this is about time then. I see no Twitter account for him anymore either (maybe he changed id though, as someone said here). Looks like he's abandoning this form of online presence as a leaker altogether?

All I know is, when the next release of Windows starts boiling, don't expect me to go chasing it around like I did for Windows 8. Although it wasn't like my obsession with Longhorn/Vista, but I am getting tired, maybe too old. Of course, I will do the check up to see whats new, maybe run whats available to the public in a VM, but thats about it. I like Windows, it works, but I think as I age, I am looking for something different, just for the sake of different. Its not Linux, its likely Apple, whether that will be a desktop or iOS device, who knows.

It's been like this for a while now, rather surprised it took you this long to notice. And not to be an ass but does this really constitute news?

It doesn't mean a damn thing!! c'mon Neowin, what happened to Unprofessional Journalism that looks better when it was actually somewhat professional? Was their any review to the article at all before it went live? It takes all but 20 seconds to do a whois check on the domain and 20 seconds to do a NSlookup to see that it is still under the developers name and nameserver, and the developer simply reconfigured their nameserver to point to the microsoft.com IP address.

Simon- said,
It doesn't mean a damn thing!! c'mon Neowin, what happened to Unprofessional Journalism that looks better when it was actually somewhat professional? Was their any review to the article at all before it went live? It takes all but 20 seconds to do a whois check on the domain and 20 seconds to do a NSlookup to see that it is still under the developers name and nameserver, and the developer simply reconfigured their nameserver to point to the microsoft.com IP address.

Look at the OPs name. Even I know better then to ask why lol

I've edited the story with that info..the main point of the story was that WinUnleaked, which was a huge source of Windows 8 screenshots and information in 2011 and 2012, is no more

John Callaham said,
I've edited the story with that info..the main point of the story was that WinUnleaked, which was a huge source of Windows 8 screenshots and information in 2011 and 2012, is no more

Windows 8 has been released, what would the need for the domain name except for a stagnant site that search engines would continue to index with old and dated information.
Trying to find fixes for Windows 8 RTM issues is bad enough without dated information relating to leaks and past beta builds.
Would be nice if a lot of other sites either closed down like that, or at least set robots properly.

Colin McGregor said,

Look at the OPs name. Even I know better then to ask why lol

Bingo. I usually skip his fiction stories as they're poorly written, badly sourced and generally more worthy of a blog than a tech-news site.

jamieakers said,

Bingo. I usually skip his fiction stories as they're poorly written, badly sourced and generally more worthy of a blog than a tech-news site.


If you can do better, please apply and enlighten us

A quick whois suggests that Winunleaked still owns the domain. They probably just set a redirect to Microsoft themselves. Why? I have no clue.