Microsoft’s Bing Down for 45 Minutes
Microsoft’s Bing.com search engine is facing a mini PR crisis after going down for 45 minutes last night starting at 7:10 PST. Microsoft used its Twitter account and blog to keep Bing visitors and fans informed:
About our outage earlierhttp://bit.ly/5LiIXN No worries if you didn’t notice – carry on with your bing ways ^az
Late last night Bing clarified what caused the outage on the Bing blog:
a note about today’s outage
Bing.com was down between about 6:30 and 7:00 PM Pacific Time on Dec 3, 2009. During this time, users were either unable to get to the site, or their queries were returning incomplete results page.
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.
Senior Vice President, Online Services Division
Note: A Bing representitive has not at this point responded to our request for further information.