Microsoft has used this as an abbreviation with projects such as ch9.ms or sdrv.ms. Web sites based in, or having to do with, the U.S. State of Mississippi also use the .ms domain as MS is the official United States Postal Service abbreviation for the state. Some companies and organisations in the German town Münster in Westphalia use the TLD as well since MS is the official vehicle licence plate code for the city. The New York Times uses .ms as a top level domain name for shortened URL's referring to New York Times addresses. For example http://nyti.ms/1kZ2CtM refers to a June 16, 2014 column by Joe Nocera. http://nyti.ms/ reaches the New York Times home page.