Bing Bong, The Search Was Dead (For Nearly An Hour)

BingMicrosoft's Bing service was down on Thursday, offering us an excellent opportunity to write a fun title at Big Redmond's expense, an opportunity we hastened to accept. The Huffington Post noticed the downage, which gave Bing users, such as they are, error messages when trying to bring up the site for almost an hour.

Those error messages eventually morphed into CAPCHA requests, though the site was still not functional (check out the above link for screen shots of the outage).

The downtime comes as Microsoft is working to grow Bing's market share of the search business and earn credibility with users, and that does seem to sum up the story nicely.