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3:03 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I think for the first time in Bing's short history, Bing is currently offline and down.
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3:54 am on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I've been using it all morning here in Japan. It's been working fine for me the whole time, and I'm using it a lot more than usual [webmasterworld.com].
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Also see, in the Supporters area...

Wow - What happened to Bing today?
Too many cash back shoppers brought it to its knees?
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The cause of the outage was a configuration change during some internal testing that had unfortunate and unintended consequences.

I really appreciate Microsoft admitting this. I'm glad that I'm not the only one that has the occasional screw-up that everyone else notices!

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I expect someone got a BIG slap for that. I'm amazed that they don't have a way of testing it before going live.

Don't you wonder what that cost them in lost revenue?

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I expect someone got a BIG slap for that.

nah ..probably hit by a flying chair :)
2:56 pm on Dec 4, 2009 (gmt 0)

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I'm sure they have lot's of internal testing, but, speaking from personal experience, no amount of testing ever accounts for everything.

The intricacies and inter-dependencies that must be within their systems makes my head ache thinking about it.