Microsoft Hit With a Bunch of Service Outages, Again [Updated]

Image: AP
Image: AP

According to several reports, Microsoft’s online services have been suffering through some pretty major outages this afternoon. Xbox Live, OneDrive, Outlook, Skype, Azure, and the Windows Store have all had issues letting users log into accounts.

The site shows a surge in outage reports for Microsoft services beginning around 2 p.m. ET, and continuing to spike through the hour to 3 p.m. ET. According to the, the outages are primarily affecting the US East Coast and parts of Northern Europe, and thousands of reports have been logged so far.

When we tried logging into some the accounts, we were able to log into Outlook briefly, but not Skype or Xbox Live. Several users have taken to Twitter to express their frustrations, too:


This is the second time Microsoft has experienced an outage this month. A few weeks ago, the company suffered from a short, hour-long outage that the company never revealed the cause of.

Right now, if you visit the official Xbox Live Status website, you’ll see a short acknowledgement from Microsoft saying its engineers are “actively continuing to work to resolve the issue.” You can also have the site notify you when the problem is fixed.


We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment, and we’ll update if we hear back. If you have any details on the outages, feel free to shoot us an email.

Update 3:54 p.m. ET: A Microsoft spokesperson just sent us the following statement confirming the outages:

 “We’re aware that some users are having difficulties logging in to some services. Our engineers are working to fully resolve this as soon as possible.”


Update 5:30 p.m. ET: Most of the services are back up and running. Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype, Azure, and the Windows Store are functioning normally again. OneDrive is still down.

Update 3/22/17 (2:40 p.m. ET): A Microsoft spokesperson just sent us the following statement confirming the outages have been fixed.

“Some people may have experienced difficulties logging in to some services. All services have been fully restored.”


Technology editor at Gizmodo.

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Karl Hungus 53

We killed off Small Business Server they said. Don’t manage your own hardware they said. Pay us per user per month for Office 365 they said. It will always work they said.

And this is why instead of what should have been a $7k upgrade if SMB was still around cost us $23k. Sorry, my data is staying on my server in my building.