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Microsoft Outage Affects Skype, OneDrive, Office 365 And More

Sam Pudwell joined Silicon UK as a reporter in December 2016. As well as being the resident Cloud aficionado, he covers areas such as cyber security, government IT and sports technology, with the aim of going to as many events as possible.

It’s Microsoft’s turn as yet another cloud outage spreads across the UK and US

Microsoft is suffering server issues as users from around the world have reported being unable to connect to  several of the company’s services.

According to independent website Down Detector, Outlook.com, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive and Office 365 are all experiencing problems of some kind, with users taking to Twitter to vent their frustrations at yet another high-profile outage.

Outlook.com appears to have been hit the hardest, with nearly 6,000 people reporting issues at around 2pm, although that number has now dropped off.

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A post on the Xbox Live status page says that an issue “has been identified that is causing problems for some members signing in to Xbox Live. The team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience.”

A similar message is present on the Office 365 service status page: “We’re investigating an issue in which some users may be unable to access or use Outlook.com services or features. We’ll provide an update shortly.”

In terms of locations, the outages appear to be centred around the UK, Europe and the East coast of America. Down Detector is showing that Skype has also been hit heavily in Japan, with the OneDrive issues spreading into more central American cities such as Dallas and Houston.

Silicon has contacted Microsoft for comment but we are yet to receive a response.

These issues follow hot on the heels of several outages that have hit the headlines over the last couple of weeks. First, HSBC suffered an outage to its Business Internet Banking service in the UK, followed by GoDaddy’s servers going down the week after.

In that same week, several high-profile websites in the US were impacted after Amazon’s S3 cloud service suffered an outage, which was later found to have been caused by human error.

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