Nationwide Hotmail Outage Today

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Breaking News: Hotmail experienced what appeared to be a nationwide outage today – perhaps worldwide – with Internet Patrol users reporting being unable to access their Hotmail accounts all across the United States, from Los Angeles to New York, from Oregon to Texas, from DC to Chicago to South Carolina and Wisconsin.

 


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Even international users, from as far away as Belize, and from South America, reported being unable to access Hotmail.

Reports poured in to the Internet Patrol starting at about 07:45 PST, with reports of the Hotmail service finally coming back up again more than three hours later.

No word from Microsoft / Hotmail / Windows Live / whatever their name d’jour is, but judging by reports to the Internet Patrol, this is the third time in as many months that the giant free webmail service has gone down.

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Many, tired of the erratic service, are switching, which may be just fine with Microsoft, given yesterday’s announcement that they are moving their focus to advertising and devices. Of course, they neglected to mention that they are moving their focus to advertising on your personal hard drive!

“I have switched over to Gmail, and I recommend everyone to do that as well. It’s actually a lot better than Hotmail, now I just wish I did it sooner. Hotmail is horrible period, as soon as I moved all my accounts, goodbye Hotmail forever!” says one victim of the June outage.

Said another user, of today’s outage, “No point really in including my email address (hotmail) in this comment as I can’t access it. Whom can we contact at Microsoft to request information about the server, especially an estimate of when it might be available again, and what the plans are for backup servers to prevent future outages. Also, has anyone experienced a server problem with gmail or yahoo?. I think we need to vote with our e-feet.”

 

So, what about you? Will you be making a switch? Have you already? Any regrets?

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6 thoughts on “Nationwide Hotmail Outage Today

  1. Does anyone know if hotmail has a customer service address to file a complaint. I am continually getting “We can’t connect to Windows Hotmail right now. Please check your Internet Connection. When I complained to the service provider, they say it is hotmail and not them. I tend to believe this as I don’t have trouble going to other websites and if it were my provider, I would think I would have trouble going other places too. So where can you file a complaint about hotmail?????

  2. My Hotmail account is a secondary one so it’s no big deal for me. My ISP POP account is my main which I have forward to Gmail as their spam filtering is better.

  3. You can count on Microsoft…

    Just wait ’til they talk everyone into using web-based office applications and the servers go down, shutting down businesses at the same time.
    MS will own you.

    But then again, folks that use Hotmail are getting just what they pay for.

  4. i abandoned my hotmail account years ago, about the time i realised i was spending more time emptying the junk mail rubbish bin than reading actual wanted e-mail.

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