For nearly an hour on Thursday, Microsoft's search engine Bing was completely non-functional.
Initially, the site displayed a code-filled error message:
Later, just before service returned around 10:15 ET, another message appeared:
Twitter users naturally went to town.
@OutrageousSteve: #bing FAIL
@relawson: Microsoft laid off the wrong person at #Bing, apparently. This is what happens when the hamster doesn't get food and water!
@Viper007Bond: Another reason I use Google instead of Bing: their site actually stays up.
@TimCohn: How Ironic... Bing is down during the airing of Inside the Mind of Google on CNBC
@Scobleizer: Wow, @bing has been down for at least seven minutes. Has that EVER happened to @google? How embarrassing.