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Microsoft Online E-mail Takes Major Hit

Lately there have been a heckuva lot of cloud and Web services failures, and this week is no exception. Microsoft's SkyDrive, Hotmail, Live services, Office 365 and MSN.com all went down to some extent. Most of these are sideline services. I know very few that use Hotmail as their core business e-mail.

My services are so far uninterrupted as most of the problems were in Asia and Europe.

It looks like most, if not all of the services are now back up.

One of the cool things that Amazon did was publicly dissect the cause of its two latest outages. I hope Redmond does the same.

Posted by Doug Barney on 09/09/2011 at 1:18 PM


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Fri, Sep 9, 2011

Live@EDU was also affected and unavailable during the evening. This was the second outage within three weeks for Live@EDU, which is not helping their reputation, and the explanations were less than forthcoming about the root cause. Something about "pay no attention to that man behind the curtain..."

Fri, Sep 9, 2011 Rick Rutherford Spruce Grove, AB CA

2 hrs down? I've been out for 5 days!!!

Fri, Sep 9, 2011 Art Omaha, NE, USA

I was unable to log into my hotmail account from roughly 11:00 PM CDT until I went to bed at about 1:00 AM CDT

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