Global Microsoft Office 365 outage has knocked down Office, Teams and Outlook users. Microsoft says that a recent update to its cloud-based tools has resulted in a temporary breakdown in processing authentication requests.
Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word, Excel and other Teams, hit by massive outage.
There are reports that Microsoft has also acknowledged the problem on Twitter and announced plans to roll out a fix. https://www.lgnetworksinc.com/microsoft-blames-botched-software-update-for-massive-office-365-and-teams-outage/
According to Microsoft the latest update for its cloud-based products was affecting Office 365 Groups and the email services. In fact, the entire Microsoft Office suite has suffered from the outage and Microsoft has not made any public statement on the issue yet. However, it is believed that the outage is because of the latest update on the Exchange server.
Microsoft’s Outlook email service was not affected, and it is still operating normally. On the other hand, Outlook Web App services have been affected and users are unable to access the email address.
The problem is being blamed on a recent upgrade on the Microsoft Exchange server.
The outage caused Microsoft to announce on Twitter that it is “working hard to solve the issues” and has taken action to stop the outage. However, it did not say how long the problem will last. One analyst is speculating that it might be a few hours or even days until the problem is resolved. It can be concluded, however, that Microsoft has a big mess on its hands.
Although Microsoft has acknowledged the problem and is working hard to get it sorted out, the company is yet to respond to the major inconvenience faced by its clients, such as customers using Outlook as an e-mail client. Since the company’s servers are currently offline, no one can sign up for any messages until the issue is fixed. The customers must rely on other online providers to send messages and make appointments.
A Microsoft spokesperson told the Wall Street Journal that the outage is a result of a recent Microsoft security patch. The patch has introduced a new security mechanism, which ensures that employees are using only authorized Microsoft services. In other words, employees are now required to log into Microsoft email accounts through Outlook instead of just opening emails directly. In this way, the company will stop unauthorized access to users’ personal information and prevent hackers from accessing the data.
Microsoft has informed its customers that it is still assessing the issue and that it will announce the results of the assessment soon. But, experts are not convinced by Microsoft’s claim that it has taken immediate actions to fix the problem. As of the time of writing, Microsoft Outlook services are operational but there are no sign of any updates on Microsoft Office 365.
Another issue affecting Microsoft is the recent outage of its SharePoint cloud service, which affected users across the globe. SharePoint is a major component of Microsoft’s email solutions and a core component of its collaboration software. In other words, if a SharePoint site is down, all the email addresses in Outlook, Microsoft Word, Excel, Teams and Excel worksheets are affected.
It is believed that the outage was caused by a patch for a vulnerability in Microsoft Exchange server. Once the patch was released, all mailboxes, contacts, events, folders, and mail lists were affected. The patch was released as an update to Microsoft Security Essentials, which is part of Microsoft Exchange server.
Microsoft is yet to give any details regarding the issue and it will not be able to provide updates to its clients until it fixes the problem. There have been reports about the security vulnerabilities, which are considered serious enough to make Outlook users think twice about the security of their data. If Microsoft does not release details about the problem, it is likely that many users will go with another provider to ensure that their data is safe and secure.
Another big concern that users are facing with Microsoft is its Exchange Server. This is mainly because the company has introduced a new service called Project Olympus. This service allows users of Microsoft Project to connect to its Exchange server through a special Web browser. However, most of the users are still unaware of the service and how it benefits them.
Microsoft Exchange is a huge part of Microsoft’s email service and the introduction of this service is seen as one of the company’s attempts to get more customers to sign up for its mail services. However, it has caused a lot of problems for existing users, especially those who are not aware of its benefits.