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  • Microsoft online services hit with another outage

    Posted on March 21st, 2017 at 13:51 woody Comment on the AskWoody Lounge

    Brad Sams just posted this on

    Sounds like the events of two weeks ago, all over again:

    Microsoft Accounts are having a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day

    I have a half-dozen Microsoft Accounts that I use regularly, so I decided to test.

    As of this moment – 1:45 pm Central US Daylight – Edge refuses to log on to, at least for me.

    Downdetector reports all sorts of problems, starting about an hour ago.

    Günter Born confirms the problem from Germany.

    Office Portal says is down, but doesn’t say anything about Microsoft accounts in general.

    Is it down right now reports that the site is up, and it was last down five minutes ago. I have a feeling that’s in error – although, hey, you never know. It could be up in Antarctica, too.

    Mary Jo has an update on her ZDNet blog. She reports that she believes the problems started about 12:30 pm Central Daylight.

    If Microsoft accounts can’t log in, expect to see side effects with OneNote and OneDrive, as well as But note that if you log in to a Windows computer with a Microsoft Account, you won’t have any problems. When the Windows login program can’t get in touch with the mother ship, it will respond to your last entered password or PIN (or, I assume, photo).

    UPDATE: 3pm CDT (about 2.5 hours after it started) –

    Tero Alhonen says the Office Portal reports it’s all fixed. Mary Jo says OneDrive isn’t working, and Tom Warren corroborates. Mary Jo also reports problems with Xbox Live.

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