The outage caused concern that the service might have been blocked by the Chinese authorities.
Authorities in China operate a firewall that blocks many US tech platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.
“We can confirm that Bing was inaccessible in China, but service is now restored,” Microsoft said it a statement.
China-based censorship monitoring group GreatFire says the outage was unlikely to be government-related.
Well, at least you can’t blame Google:
Google shut down its search engine in China in 2010, after rows with the authorities over censorship and hacking.
But Bing still isn’t a household word:
Bing has a small market share among search engines in China, where locally-grown Baidu dominates the market.
Even we get occasional look-ins from Baidu.