Bing Goes Down for 45 Minutes

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Microsoft’s search engine mysteriously goes offline, putting a black mark on the record for the Google challenger and emerging cloud computing services.

Microsoft’s Bing search engine went down Thursday evening for 30 to 45 minutes for reasons still unknown. Service was around 11:45 p.m. Pacific time.

When users went to use the Bing search site or toolbar embedded in their browser, they only received an error message. The incident sparked a surge in Twitter activity by users trying to figure out what was happening with the search engine.

Microsoft acknowledged Bing went down on its Twitter feed, and announced service restoration through the social network. However, it has yet to offer any explanation for the service disruption.

Bloggers and tweeters are calling the Bing service disruption a black mark against the emerging cloud computing market. Many critics say the incident proves that cloud computing isn’t ready for wide-spread enterprise adoption. 

Lawrence Walsh Lawrence Walsh is editor of Baseline magazine, overseeing print and online editorial content and the strategic direction of the publication. He is also a regular columnist for Ziff Davis Enterprise's Channel Insider. Mr. Walsh is well versed in IT technology and issues, and he is an expert in IT security technologies and policies, managed services, business intelligence software and IT reseller channels. An award-winning journalist, Mr. Walsh has served as editor of CMP Technology's VARBusiness and GovernmentVAR magazines, and TechTarget's Information Security magazine. He has written hundreds of articles, analyses and commentaries on the development of reseller businesses, the IT marketplace and managed services, as well as information security policy, strategy and technology. Prior to his magazine career, Mr. Walsh was a newspaper editor and reporter, having held editorial positions at the Boston Globe, MetroWest Daily News, Brockton Enterprise and Community Newspaper Company.

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