Microsoft Outlook Hit By Another Global Service Outage

Tyler Durden's picture

Two weeks after a variety of online services from Microsoft suffered outages for several hours on Tuesday across Western Europe and the Eastern United States, Outlook and Hotmail appear to be having another outage across the US.  Services like Xbox Live,, Skype, OneDrive, and Microsoft’s Windows Store are currently not allowing users to sign into accounts. Zero Hedge has tested a number of accounts, and can confirm that services are experiencing widespread issues.

Microsoft recovered from an hour-long outage earlier this month which affected Microsoft Accounts. The software giant never revealed the root cause of the issue, and it appears to be occurring again today. Microsoft has once again acknowledged the issue through its Xbox Live service status.

“Our engineers and developers are actively continuing to work to resolve the issue causing some members to have problems finding previously-purchased content or purchasing new content,” reads a statement. “Stay tuned, and thanks for your patience.”

No word yet if Russian hackers are involved.

A recent map from downdetectors shows a spike in outage notices.

Complaints on twitter suggest that the outage is global in nature, and not llimited to the US:

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slyhill's picture

Installation of back-doors may result in down time.

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Installation of back-doors may result in down time.
maybe CISCO CIA telnet hacks leaked today

New England Patriot's picture

What are 20-somethings to do betwen 9:00AM - 5:00PM without XBox Live?

Looney's picture


Pigeon Post was never down, unless the pigeon was caught and eaten by the recipient.  ;-)


Skateboarder's picture

I wish the title read

Microsoft Outlook Lives Up to Street Name: "LookOut!"

PrayingMantis's picture

... while she was a Microsoft employee, Melinda Ann French often asked Bill Gates why he named the company "Microsoft" ... Bill kept silent.  Melinda stopped asking after they got married.

Erek's picture

"No word yet if Russian hackers are involved."

Check with the CIA! They know how to create any Russian hacks you wish.

Cole The Bar's picture

How am I supposed to pwn noobs in Gears of War 4 if I can't sign into xbox live!?!?

Oh wait I'm at work. Nevermind.

Now I have an excuse for ignoring all these emails piling up on me while I browse zerohedge.

mily's picture

"Developers developers developers"


AR15AU's picture

hey Microsoft... die

hsun85's picture

who uses hotmail these days?

AustrianJim's picture

I have an ancient Hotmail account I still use for a few things, but let me tell you, the user interface really looks like shit now.

Big Brother's picture

I've had the same account since 1998.  Old habits are hard to break.

Dave Thomas's picture

Hah, I still have my Yahoo account from the old Webcrawler days, all it's filled with now is Marissa Meyer's giggles though!

scv's picture

msft co-founder/ owner of seahawks is a leftist sucker.

he even BUYs local city councils around the country by manipulating cities into high interest loans putting the cities in debt forever while also constructing the building himself using his people. the building technically belong to him even though they may say city hall, he owns them and NOTHING can be done without his approval

Erek's picture

"msft co-founder/ owner of seahawks is a leftist sucker."

Does that mean he sucks left-hanging cocks only?

SubjectivObject's picture

Microsoft is responsible for users wasting quadrillions of life hours contending with their degenerate design priorities.

There will be a cumuppance for that.

LA_Goldbug's picture

Anything they touch over the years has gone to shit.

flapdoodle's picture

Microsoft executives feast on hapless users garmonbozia (tip o the hat to David Lynch - in its earthly manifestation garmonbozia looks like creamed corn).

Microsoft generates *LOTS* of garmonbozia. My brother in law for many years spent his entire saturdays re-installing his Windows Vista until he got wise and bought a Mac. Now he spends his entire saturdays polishing his Mac and cleaning his computer desk with a toothbrush.

stilletto2's picture

Outlook is down in UK as well.

Wont it be great when everything is linked via 'the cloud' and the cloud dumps and crashes the world.

Link up at your peril.

Raging Debate's picture

Buy an external hard drive, back up your files, export your contacts and back those up. Then disconnect the hard drive from your computer. I have my files and data backed up on two Linux machines and two external drives. 

I would definately not rely on the cloud. The hot and net proxy wars are going to get bigger and events accelerate over next four years. Make sure you have 3 months food like beans, water purification  (bleach works), shotgun for hunting and pistol for home defense. Then go have fun, life is short :)

aloha_snakbar's picture

Who uses Outlook for comm anymore? FFS, you might as well go and sit in an NSA break room and send emails...

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

Who uses Outlook for comm anymore? FFS, you might as well go and sit in an NSA break room and send emails...

I think NOT having a hotmail account flags you as trrrrist, you must have one full of bullshit just as a facade

Pop3y3too's picture

After somebody closed the Windows overlooking the grand Vista, Microsoft's outlook became quite grim. Puns in 10 did. 


PS - they were forced to close the Windows when birds kept flying into the Blue Screen of Death.


tuetenueggel's picture

WTF uses hotmail or/and outlook ?

HenryKissingerChurchill's picture

WTF uses hotmail or/and outlook ?
sheeple and other non trrrrists

lakecity55's picture

Our mega secret company does. It's our fault, we were testing some Russky malware.....

83_vf_1100_c's picture

I use Outlook 2013 client, not cloud. Got MS Office Pro free from torrent. All my email goes direct to my hdd for quick easy data collection offline. It works. If you have something better, suggest it and explain why it is better. I am open to change if it is substantially better and does not require an IT degree to implement.

83_vf_1100_c's picture

Still waiting for that response. What proggie is better. If it is ios or linux based then nevermind. I don't do icrap and despite gains linux is not user friendly for us non geeks.

44magnum's picture

More than likely its 3rd world H1B visa developers. God I have not met one yet you did not have to spoon feed. They fix one thing and always manage to breck something else 98% of the time. But hey it saves them money and thats what counts.

lakecity55's picture

Abu! You fixed it! How??

I took some ones from this other line of code, sahib.


deuce awesome's picture

Never noticed that the Microsoft Store was "down". I would assume billions of other people never noticed either



(I cant defend Microsoft anymore every release since Win 7 has been an albatross)

Twee Surgeon's picture

It looks like Micro and the Goog are building up a Tsunami of public sentiment bad Karma. These Outages and Down times display the Fragility of the whole set up.

Anti-Monopoly laws were made for a reason. It's a Global security issue now, not just local.

Control freaks be controlling.

Arnold's picture

My XP box crashed and died a month ago.
Its in the freezer now, waiting for the ground to thaw.

lakecity55's picture

You are ahead of me, I didn't know they had a store!


Twee Surgeon's picture

Lots of Eggs, one basket. A Monopoly. Not a good idea. This is all my fault, I spilled Beer on the keyboard last night and it all went crazy, so sorry.

Pulp Culture's picture

Probably a conten bot who felt that shutting down microsoft would reduce the distribution of fake software. Go bot.

SallySnyd's picture

Microsoft.  So 1980s.

spastic_colon's picture

soooooo much easier to steal info when they're March headline will be that a glitch caused millions of people's info to be compromised.

DaBard51's picture

patch Tuesday blues... hmmm....


When nine hundred years you become, look this good you will not; text-only.

DYS's picture

As an infrastructure engineer, this makes me doubt the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform.    If they can't keep up their own services, how are they going to keep mine running?

bluskyes's picture

Perhaps they should switch back to BSD, like in the original Hotmail days.

Oh Crap's picture

I wonder if that guy from India that says he's from Microsoft and wants to fix my computer can help?

whatisthat's picture

I would observe "at the basic IT level" there is probability that all software has potential for failure which drives the requirement for failover capabilities and adequate security capabilities to prevent sounds like someone at Microsoft totally missed an important failover requirement.

JailBanksters's picture

If your a Company and rely on Microsoft to store your company information, you should get your head examined and deserve to loose all your Information.

I know a couple of companies that do this, when the Internet goes out, they can't do squat.