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Microsoft outage took down Copilot, DuckDuckGo, and ChatGPT search features

Bing’s error message displaying a sad panda that dropped its icecream.
It’s a sad panda day. | Image: Microsoft

Search capabilities for ChatGPT, Copilot, DuckDuckGo, and other platforms stopped working on Thursday morning due to a Microsoft outage.

The issues — which began around 3AM ET — appear to be linked to Bing’s API and any service that relies upon it. While Microsoft’s own web search engine, Bing, was also seemingly affected, according to TechCrunch, it came back online eventually.

By 11AM ET, OpenAI said the issue was resolved, with a note that “Between around 10:10 PM PT yesterday and 6:50 AM PT today, we experienced a partial outage affecting ChatGPT’s web-browsing capabilities due to Bing being unavailable.”

DuckDuckGo posted that “we’re coming back up” at around 10:30AM ET, and so did Ecosia, which is “the search engine that plants…

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