Microsoft Hijacks Page Not Founds

from the they-want-everything,-don't-they? dept

I had noticed this at some point last week when I had tried to get to a server that was down while using IE. Instead of a normal page not found error message, I was sent to a page that had an MSN search box with the domain I was trying to go to. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but this article points out why it’s a little scary for Microsoft to be able to do that. They also point out why it could be useful, but I can’t think of the last time I wanted to do an MSN search when I got a “page not found”. It’s unclear if they’re hijacking all 404s or just ones on servers that are down or don’t exist – but it wouldn’t surprise me to see them creep into more and more aspects of the web. Any mistake you make and you’re delivered into their waiting arms. Won’t that be fun?

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Bullshit. There is nothing MEANLESS about a 404 error. A 404 error means the exact “page” you tried to access no longer exists. That is what a 404 error means. That is useful information. Getting a Microsoft page does not convey the same information.

Giving a page that said “this page no longer exists”, click here to search for similar pages would be far better. But that is not the Microsoft way, now is it?

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