Microsoft Bing Travel Back Online After Fire
Microsoft Bing's travel site was knocked out at the beginning of the holiday weekend by an electrical fire at a Seattle-area data center. No other portions of Bing were affected. In June, the search engine made incremental gains in the market against ultra-competitors Yahoo and Google, as Microsoft continued to support it with a massive ad campaign.Microsoft Bing is fully running again after a July 2 fire at a Seattle data center that took down the Travel portion of the search engine.
The electrical fire, whose cause is under investigation but has not yet been determined, started "in a garage-level electrical room," according to facility owner Fisher Communications, and "disrupted power to Fisher Plaza East and knocked out the facility's backup generation system."
In addition to knocking out the servers that ran Microsoft Bing's Travel site, the fire also took down other Websites including Authorize.net, an e-commerce site that provides merchants with credit card services.
A July 1 report by StatCounter found that Bing had gained 8.23 percent of the U.S. Web search market in June, powered by a massive advertising campaign and considerable news coverage. In the weeks previous to Bing's June 3 launch, Microsoft's share of the search engine market had hovered at 7.86 percent. StatCounter bases its numbers of 4 billion page loads per month, as monitored through a network of Websites. Its same report found that Google dipped from 78.72 percent to 78.48 percent in June, positioning it comfortably ahead of both Yahoo and Microsoft.
If Bing's numbers hold, they could represent a turning of fortune for Microsoft in the search-engine arena. A June 16 report by research firm Nielsen had found that Microsoft's share of that market had dropped 14.6 percent year-over-year by May 2009, suggesting that the company was losing ground against Google and Yahoo even as it continued to fund what was then known as Microsoft Live Search. Editor's Note: This article has been updated with a comment from Microsoft.