Microsoft Bing Goes Down Due to Mistake

Microsoft yesterday acknowledged a service disruption affecting its Bing search engine with a series of tweets from its official Bing twitter account. "We're aware and looking into it...stay tuned," was the first message from Redmond confirming that all was not right in Bingland. Shortly after, a second message relayed that everything was back to normal. A third message promised details once Microsoft had figured out what had gone wrong.

In a blog post Satya Nadella, Senior Vice President for Online Services, explained what had happened. Nadella detailed that the cause of the outage was "a configuration change during some internet testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences." Check out the full post below.

"The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences.

As soon as the issue was detected, the change was rolled back, which caused the site to return to normal behavior. Unfortunately the detection and rollback took about half an hour, and during that time users were unable to use bing.com.

We strive to maintain a high standard of operational excellence at Bing. We are running a post mortem to find out how our software and processes need to be improved to prevent anything like this from happening again."

CNet reports it was "at least 45 minutes." Did you have any problems with Bing last night? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • Bing made a decision to take a break.
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  • "why would I use Bing, so I can see what Microsoft want me to see... "
    You think other search engines, including Google, are not directing your searches to their own advantages? LOL!!!

    I use both Google and Bing. Google seems better for highly generalized searches, but I get much better results from Bing on technology related searches. YMMV.
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  • amdgamer666I wonder how many people went to Bing during that time and, after seeing that it was down, permanently switched to Google because when was the last time Google was down? oh yeah, never


    Actually, their last major outage was May of this year.
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  • Google all the way.
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  • Junk.... use Qoogle !!!!
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  • Bing made a decision to take a break.
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