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Microsoft Azure outage takes down Teams, Xbox Live, Office 365 (Update)

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Update March 15, 2021 at 6:10 PM ET: Microsoft has successfully rolled out an update that fixed the issues and as a result, outages and other issues have largely been resolved. Any issues that resist will likely be resolved shortly.

What you need to know

  • A recent Microsoft Azure outage took down multiple Microsoft services, including Microsoft Teams, Xbox Live, and Office 365.
  • Microsoft noted that a recent change to an authentication system was the culprit of the issues.
  • Microsoft rolled out an update that fixed the problem, and as a result the vast majority of errors have been resolved.

A recent Microsoft Azure outage took down several Microsoft services, including Microsoft Teams, Xbox Live, and Office 365. The issue affected users worldwide and prevented users from accessing most of the functions of these services.

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After fully investigating the issue, Microsoft was able to roll out an update that fixed the issues and has successfully reduced Microsoft service error rates. Any issues that persist should be resolved shortly. It's awesome to see the problem taken care of relatively quickly considering how important these services are to many workflows and recreational activities.

If you don't use it already, we highly recommend subscribing to the Office 365 (also known as Microsoft 365) service, as it gives you access to a full suite of powerful productivity apps such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. It also includes awesome enhancements to services like the Microsoft Edge web browser and Microsoft Teams.

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

4 Comments
  • Haha, might be hard to subscribe to Office 365 at the moment if it's not working :D
  • Thankfully, the outage didn't affect me this time but this is happening way too often over the last few months. I wonder if the network is overloaded because of all the people having to work remotely of if it was just a problem with an update. Oh well, at least it's fixed.
  • DDoS from China
  • Sorry to disrupt everything here, but the official name of Office 365 has been Microsoft 365 since April of 2020. Please stop saying Office 365 to refer to that service (or keep using it just to say it is Microsoft Office, I don’t even care)