However, I can’t venture any opinion on Virtual Earth because I can’t access it! Despite trying for the last half-hour I only get a timeout on trying to see it.
If it can’t handle the traffic it is getting on a Sunday afternoon, then I really don’t see how they hope to beat Google with this on any other day of the week!
The Virtual Earth team are saying on their own blog that
As a lot of folks noticed yesterday, http://virtualearth.msn.com was live for about 15 hours this weekend. We needed to do some testing of the site on the public net, so opening it up before the official launch this week was needed. We assumed that Saturday night and Sunday morning would be the best time to do the test without drawing too much attention… Virtual Earth will be live really soon
Personally I find that hard to believe – if Virtual Earth was taken offline (as opposed to collapsing under load) why wasn’t a holding page put up in its place?
The lack of one smacks of an unplanned outage.