Thursday, September 04, 2003

No MSFT for you!

For a couple of days I could not read my hotmail email, nor take advantage of the alerts Slate magazine sends me whenever new features come out. At first, I figured there was some technical problem, even if it was highly unusual for hotmail and all other Microsoft sites to be down for so long without anyone making a fuss. Two days later the service returned. Apparently the reason was some AOL-Microsoft peering spat. As ZDNet reports:
A source close to Microsoft who asked to remain anonymous said the lockout stemmed from changes in a bandwidth "peering" agreement between America Online and Microsoft.

Is not it nice the the information superhighway ramp for millions of people is not hostage to egos, miscommunication, and hardball business tactics.


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