It wasn’t immediately clear why the search engine became unavailable and whether the Chinese government had blocked it. The Cybersecurity Administration of China didn’t respond to a request for comment. The service interruption comes at a sensitive time for U.S. companies operating in China, as trade disputes between the two countries simmer.
The cloud business bolsters the margins of both companies; 60% of Amazon’s trailing 12-month operating earnings came from its AWS cloud segment, which accounted for only 11% of the company’s revenue in that time.
After briefly claiming the top spot on Monday, Microsoft shares rose 0.6 percent Tuesday, pushing the company’s market value to $828.1 billion at the close. The last time Microsoft’s market capitalization was bigger than Apple was in 2010