I found this article on page 3C of the Business section of the San Jose
Mercury News for Friday, April 18, 1997. If things are not back up by
the Saturday evening (the 19th), we are going to see a lot of "unable to
deliver message after 3 days" bounces.
Microsoft Network on the blink
Investors in Microsoft Corp. may have been bouyed by the
company's quarterly financial results Thursday, but they could
not spread the word via Microsoft's electronic mail service.
That is bacause the 2.5 million subscribers to the Microsoft
Network have been unable to send or receive e-mail since
Wednesday evening -- and are unlikely to be able to until later
today -- or possibly even the weekend.
Showing that event the most influential company in cybersapce
can be swamped by the rising tides of Internet traffic,
Microsoft disabled the e-mail service, with no warning to users,
to rush through a network expansion ahead of schedule.
Many Microsoft Network users had encountered delays in sending
and receiving e-mail in recent weeks, as the company's network
struggled to keep up with increasing demand. The company said
that no e-mail messages would be lost and that the service would
be working by Saturday.