Having trouble logging into Microsoft services? You're not alone.
A "degraded" portion of Microsoft's infrastructure that handles authentication requests is to blame.
If you've had some trouble signing into any Microsoft services today, you're definitely not alone. Microsoft has acknowledged an issue with its authentication infrastructure that is impacting the ability for users to access Microsoft 365 services across the board.
From the Microsoft 365 status page:
According to Microsoft, the issues started cropping up around 4:15 p.m. ET / 9:15 p.m. UTC. Down Detector, a site that reports on outages for a number of major web services, is also showing a spike on issues for Microsoft services ranging from Office 365 to Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, SharePoint, and more.
Updated January 29 at 6 p.m. ET: Microsoft has released further details on the status of its services and the impacted services. From Microsoft:
If you're experiencing problems accessing Microsoft services, there's not much you can do other than wait until the authentication issues are cleared up. Microsoft is expected to provide further status updates throughout the day.
Thanks to @hoyty for the tip!
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