Microsoft has been experiencing outages with a variety of its online services late on Thursday evening.
The software giant confirmed problems accessing its sites and promised that the company was working to fix the problems. “We’re aware of an outage impacting some of our properties. We are actively working to resolve this issue & seeing some returning now,” said a Microsoft spokesperson.
Reports suggest that Hotmail, SkyDrive, Office 365, MSN and a number of other properties hosted at live.com have been inaccessible for around an hour. Microsoft’s Office 365 team admitted that “intermittent client connectivity causing some users to have trouble with email connection.” LiveSide speculates that the outage could be related to a “massive” power outage in the American southwest or an internet routing issue with the specific web properties themselves.
Microsoft recently discounted Office 365 users bills by 25% after a three hour service outage on August 17. Microsoft launched Office 365 worldwide on June 28. Office 365 provides Office 2010, Exchange, SharePoint and Lync all Online in a cloud-based service. The service is a full browser-based solution that incorporates webmail, collaboration and document management.