Bing back online after nearly an hour long outage

Microsoft's search and decision engine, Bing, experienced what appears to have been nearly an hour long worldwide outage this evening.

Reports of Bing's unavailability first surfaced on Twitter where hundreds of people commented on the issues. Initial reports suggested that the search engine began experiencing issues just before 9:25PM (EST) and for nearly an hour (until 10:10PM EST) Bing.com was not reachable.

Microsoft officials confirmed the outage, a Microsoft spokesperson commented "we're aware and looking into it...stay tuned". Amusingly the error message stated "Oops...This isn't the page you wanted!", no certainly not.

Yesterday, Microsoft took the wraps off its new Bing features at a private event full of Microsoft search execs. Company officials detailed new features including entity cards, task pages, and Silverlight maps and Bing Mobile. Microsoft first demonstrated the features to company employees during September and many dubbed it "Bing 2.0" as a result.

At a time when Microsoft is trying to capture a stronger search market share, it can ill afford to experience issues like this. That said, outages do occur, in January Google was down for one hour due to a "human error" and a month later the web giants Gmail service was off-line for four hours.

When Microsoft managed to bring the service back online, Tony Chor from the Bing team joked "Bing is back. You can all stop using Google now. :)" on his Twitter page.

Update: Satya Nadella, Senior Vice President, Online Services Division has confirmed the outage was due to "a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences".


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Bing is a lot better than google. I'd rather wait the downtime to search using Bing than to use google. It's back up though so we're all cool. Everyone has hickups so it's nothing to worry about. It won't hurt them.

Pharos said,
HOLY ********** at the new Bing Maps Beta.
http://www.bing.com/maps/explore

WHOAH.

Goodbye Google Maps, Bing just destroyed you.


Sorry, but Microsoft Silverlight doesn̢۪t work with this web browser.

WHOAH. Lame.

(And before people lash out at me for 'being an idiot not to install the Silverlight plugin': I've installed moonlight.

Mathiasdm said,

WHOAH. Lame.

(And before people lash out at me for 'being an idiot not to install the Silverlight plugin': I've installed moonlight.

Works in Opera, FF and IE for me..

Mathiasdm said,

WHOAH. Lame.

(And before people lash out at me for 'being an idiot not to install the Silverlight plugin': I've installed moonlight.

Its probably only available for Silverlight 3.0, and I would assume that Moonlights isn't caught up yet. So for the time being at least, your probably out of luck.

Majesticmerc said,
Its probably only available for Silverlight 3.0, and I would assume that Moonlights isn't caught up yet. So for the time being at least, your probably out of luck.

Guess so, too bad. I'll just be patient :)

I'm sure it's nice and all, and I've heard the arguments about Silverlight being better than Flash, but that just doesn't matter all that much if I can't view anything that uses Silverlight.

I have Silverlight 3.0 and it actually loaded content on the Silverlight page. It's not my fault or Chrome's fault, it's Microsoft's fault for blocking the browser for no reason.

Raikou Tch said,
I have Silverlight 3.0 and it actually loaded content on the Silverlight page. It's not my fault or Chrome's fault, it's Microsoft's fault for blocking the browser for no reason.


Works perfect on Chrome here, so I have no idea what you're talking

I hope that was sarcasm. Haven't used Google (the search engine) since Bing came out for public use.

I use Google's browser, but not their search engine.

"Reports of Bing's unavailability first surfaced on Twitter"
Great, another mention of that useless site. Give it another 3 hours and you'll see twitter strategically placed in all neowin news posts.

"Bing is back. You can all stop using Google now. :)"

Oh thanks. Don't think I will though, I haven't stopped yet.

Wow Bings "Street Side" view is WAY better then google's street view much more clear and more freedom to explore

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