Microsoft's Azure services experiencing significant outages

Microsoft's cloud service, Azure is apparently experiencing some significant outages tonight. The support page for the platform shows that the issue is affecting the storage layer across many regions, excluding the Australian data center.

Microsoft's own services are also heavily affected, with Xbox live users reporting widespread issues with the platform. Also affected by this outage are the Windows Store, press center and even apps like Tweetium, Microsoft Health, Fhotoroom and Straw, which are all dependent on Azure.

Microsoft is aware of the problem, with their Azure page stating:

Starting at 19 Nov 2014 00:52 UTC we are experiencing a connectivity issue to Azure Services including Storage, Websites and Visual Studio Online.

Hopefully this gets cleared up soon. But if you've experienced any problems with Microsoft's services or websites, sound off in the comments below.

Source: Azure Status Page (opens in new tab); via The Next Web

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  • Was playing GTA v on Xbox one and it couldn't sync my cloud save. Used my offline save and passed where it was anyway.
  • Way to go Mr. cloud Satya.
  • Every service goes down... It's nice to have a hybrid approach to balance issues
  • Xbox Video won't connect.
  • Yep, experencing problems with some websites, Visual Studio Online, and a virutral machine.
  • Now it is back and works good
  • XBM app isn't working properly!
  • That's because Xbox Music sucks anyway.
    Can't blame Azure for everything...
  • When did it ever work properly?
  • This explains why I cant sign into my church's organizational account.
  • This probably explains why my Sway preview suddenly stop working.
  • No, that's because Microsoft doesn't care about Windows.
    Can't blame Azure for everything...
  • Sway is Microsoft's service right? If so, then it is also affected.
  • Yes, Microsoft service.
  • then it's affected, too. Oh by the way, I have checked again the website, it seems that it is normal again. except for some regions that the maintenance is still undergoing.
    WindowsPhoenix may don't know that Sway is a part of Microsift service, so I asked on it.
  • No, he's being funny, duh, learn much?
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  • Go to
  • Haven't checked in a while.. Hope you clear it out soon..
  • I'll be right on it.
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  • Lungs?
  • Lungs?
  • Been trying to log into Age of Empires all afternoon...:)
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  • I hear the next version of Office 365 is going to be called Office 329 so they don't end up with a pile of lawsuits...
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  • Prostitution always works.
  • Glad I saw this. My buddy and I have been fiddling with our routers for the last hour because of Xbox One social connectivity issues. Now it all makes sense...
  • Having issues with MS Health, the Band Sync app won't connect, and XBL.
  • Huh, no wonder I couldn't upload anything to OneDrive. At first I thought it was the OneDrive app on my HTC 8X, but then after I tried it on a Nokia Lumia 521 and my laptop, I started to think it wasn't a client issue.
  • I had the same problem
  • Me too
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  • Cold weather is the issue
  • I guess MSN Sports is affected by this as well...hopefully.
  • Same here, having trouble with MSN Sports for about 24 hours now.
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  • XBL still not working for me.
  • What a damn day. Server in our company crashes today and I spend all day dealing with that and then here tonight, the cloud servers we use as our stable platform go down. Ugh.
  • Fhotoroom not working
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  • Sway wasn't working but Office365 was...
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  • Xbox video here
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  • Every outage brings a lesson and more resilience
  • Just spent the last hour trying to figure out why onedrive wasn't syncing. Sweet relief.....
  • Microsoft Azure or Windows Azure??
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  • Durn. Explains why Halowaypoint was down.
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  • Band not syncing still, returning wacky codes... Windows central not on azure???
  • lol that is actually a good one!!!
  • It's back up for me
  • Azure add on services like clearDB are still down. Even though they are managed by third party, looks like they are too hosted on azure servers. 
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  • Local cloud has outages too
  • Onedrive is inaccessable in the US too.
  • Could not upload files to my OneDrive account
  • Can't use the halo channel. Says its unavailable
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  • Everything working sweet here in Australia don't worry about us guys!
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  • Skype Qik had a few small issues, but it's all good.
  • Store still down (Germany). Update: Seems to work now.
  • Store down in the UK too, evidently.
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  • LOL
  • I saw what you did there
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    EDIT: It's ok now.
  • Store won't connect from U.K.
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  • Starting with Azure is easy, fast and cheap, but it may become expensive, when you need more features (like SSL, mobile services, more memory for your website, more computing power, etc.). TBH: I'd really like to use Azure, but outages of several hours (or even days) are definitely a no-go for professional services.
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  • Store down for Qatar also.. MS, Fix it soon...
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  • *hi*
  • hello!
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  • Hahaha.... Ok...
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    Just live with it! And coming to think of it, even our brains need outages in order to work properly. Maintenance during the night uc.
    Edit: The WP store seems faster!
  • Xbox live seems to be working ok now.
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  • At the moment I'm still having problems on OneDrive. When I edit Excel files in Office Online they don't sync and the date/time of the file doesn't change.
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