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Microsoft Announces Recovery From Widespread Outage

Microsoft has announced that services have recovered from a widespread outage experienced earlier today with majority of reports coming in on Downdetector mostly from India and Japan.

Microsoft cloud services had suffered a major outage early today affecting a host of services including MS Teams, Outlook, Azure, and Microsoft 365, Xbox Live, Skype, OneDrive, and LinkedIn among others.Since then, it looks like the issue has been mostly resolved except got the Exchange Online Service.

“We’ve confirmed that the impacted services have recovered and remain stable. We’re investigating some potential impact to the Exchange Online Service. Further, updates on the Exchange investigation will be available in your admin center under the SI# EX502694.” Microsoft said in a tweet.

Microsoft went on further to attribute the outage on a change it made to its “Wide Area Network”, which had now been resolved as well as explicitly ruling out a cyber-attack as a potential cause of the issue.

The distruption came after Microsoft announced increased muli-billion dollar investment in ChatGPT‘s maker OpenAI, as well as a time when Microsoft’s sales rose only 2% in the three months to December, to $52.7bn and overall profits falling by 12% to $16.4bn.

Not forgetting that on 19 January, Microsoft announced it would reduce its workforce by roughly 5%, thus reducing its workforce by 10,000 employees.

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