Windows 10’s built-in search is down following possible Microsoft outage

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If the search bar on your Windows PC hasn’t been working for the past couple of hours, know that you’re not the only one — and that there’s no to panic. As spotted by The Verge, Windows ’s built-in search functionality has been down for many people since 8AM ET due to what appears to be a Bing outage. Typing anything into the search bar won’t return any results, even if all you’re trying to do is launch an app on your computer.

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Microsoft says it looked into and resolved an issue that was causing access and latency issues “ Microsoft 365 services.” However, it appears some people are still experiencing issues. In either case, we’ve reached out to the company for additional context, and we’ll update this article when we hear back.

People over on the Windows 10 subreddit have found a workaround for the problem, but it involves editing your system’s registry — which is to say it’s probably best to wait while everything gets resolved. It’s been a rough week at Microsoft. This problem comes just two days after the company forgot to renew the SSL certificate for Microsoft Teams.

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