According to several reports, Microsoft’s online services have been suffering through some pretty major outages this afternoon. Xbox Live, OneDrive, Outlook.com, Skype, Azure, and the Windows Store have all had issues letting users log into accounts.
The site DownDetector.com shows a surge in outage reports for Microsoft services beginning around 6 p.m., and continuing to spike through the hour to 7 p.m. According to the DownDetector.com, 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:
That moment when the Xbox live servers go down! Everyone loses there mind pic.twitter.com/55HtwqV3p0
— Zachary Logan Morris (@zchrmrrs02) March 21, 2017
me cause xbox live is down pic.twitter.com/eVzpMsP1fZ
— carlos (@CarlosH_67) March 21, 2017
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're still hard at work getting things resolved so you can sign-in properly. Thank you for your patience: pic.twitter.com/VEn1sPBtsT
— Xbox Support (@XboxSupport) March 21, 2017
We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment, and we’ll update if we hear back.