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Microsoft services down globally; outage affects Bing, Copilot, more: Here's how users reacted

Microsoft suffered a widespread global outage today. Due to the outage, various Microsoft services including Bing Search, Copilot, and ChatGPT were down. Here’s how users reacted on social media.

Written By: Om Gupta New Delhi Published on: May 23, 2024 16:48 IST
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On Thursday, a widespread outage affected numerous Microsoft services, including Bing Search, Copilot, and ChatGPT, globally, including in India. Users took to social media to report the outage, which also had an impact on third-party services like the search engine DuckDuckGo, which relies on Microsoft's infrastructure. Users in India also experienced difficulties accessing these sites.

According to the outage tracking website Downdetector, 57 percent of people reported problems accessing the Bing website, 34 percent reported issues with the search function, and 9 percent had trouble with logging in. In India, users in Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Hyderabad, Bengaluru, and Chennai are predominantly experiencing issues with Microsoft services.

"It's not just you: Microsoft's services are down in some regions. #Bing is down, #Copilot/Copilot in Windows is down. DuckDuckGo is not working because it uses Bing. Similarly, ChatGPT's internet search is also down," a user posted on X.

"Microsoft Copilot and Bing Down: Users Encounter Connection Errors," another user wrote.

One more user said, "Anyone else having problems with Bing? I keep getting this today."

Microsoft has not officially commented on the situation, however, it appears that the majority of the services have been restored and are now available to users worldwide.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Corporate Affairs has fined Microsoft-owned LinkedIn India, Satya Nadella, and eight other individuals for violating the significant beneficial owner norms under the Companies Act. Satya Nadella is the CEO of Microsoft, which acquired the professional networking platform LinkedIn in December 2016. In a 63-page order, the Registrar of Companies (NCT of Delhi & Haryana) stated that LinkedIn India and the individuals had violated the Significant Beneficial Owner (SBO) norms under the Companies Act, 2013.

Satya Nadella and Ryan Roslansky are the Significant Beneficial Owners (SBOs) of the company, and they are liable to a penalty under section 90(10) of the Act for failing to report as required by section 90(1). Ryan Roslansky was appointed as the global CEO of LinkedIn Corporation on June 1, 2020, and began reporting to Satya Nadella," the RoC, which falls under the ministry, stated in the order. Section 90 of the Act relates to Significant Beneficial Owner (SBO) disclosures, which mandates companies to provide SBO details.

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