MSN revisited… or not

MSN has become a mildly amusing service. According to “this thread”:http://my.opera.com/forums/showthread.php?s=&threadid=19510 on the Opera forums, Opera users are being sent a HTTP/500 Server too busy error if they want to visit “msn.com”:http://www.msn.com/, while users of other browsers can get in just fine.


I had to test, and the message reads:
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Sorry, due to heavy traffic on the network, the page you’re trying to reach is temporarily unavailable.

You can:
Wait a few minutes and try again.
Click your browser’s Refresh button now to try reconnecting.
Click your browser’s Back button to return to the previous page.

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I then tested with other browsers, like Mozilla, IE and Lynx and got in. Microsoft and MSN have a “history of shooting themselves with inethical anticompetitive behavior”:http://virtuelvis.com/archives/2003/02/opera-vs-msn. I don’t have too many doubts they’re firing another round of .45 in their feet.
*Update:* Apparently, this error seems to be incompetence, deliberate or not. “This message in opera.general”:http://groups.google.com/groups?selm=kfdccvkqv84fv3i71nnfuq1p4qockoj8v2%404ax.com reveals that this is an issue with msn.com’s handling of the HTTP Accept Language header Opera is sending.

1 Comment

  1. Just stumbled across this while googling “msn – server too busy”.
    Today is May 22… I have IE 5.5 and get the same error while going to MSN.
    I don’t think it’s just for Opera users. I guess the fat lady hasn’t sung yet. 😉
    (sorry, couldn’t resist.)
    Jess