Microsoft outages hit some Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype services

Microsoft outages hit some Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype services

Consumers looking to use Microsoft's Xbox Live, Outlook, and other services are likely having a hard time this afternoon, as the company is now suffering an outage. It appears as though people are having trouble logging into their Xbox Live accounts, as well as issues with downloading or purchasing games.

Services have been reported to be down since 1:43PM ET.

Currently, Xbox Live status has been confirmed to have issues connected with playing purchased content, as well as Buying items and redeeming codes. By verifying your Microsoft account's information sign in may work.

Normally these outages don't last too long for Microsoft, so hopefully by later today or tomorrow Xbox Live will be running smoothly again. Users can sign up to receive notifications once service is back up and running.

The outage, according to Down Detector, began affecting thousands of a users trying to log into Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype, OneDrive, and Microsoft's Windows Store Tuesday afternoon. This is simple two-step verification like you may have on your email or other social media accounts like Snapchat. While Andromeda can be played offline in single-player, many gamers are looking forward to the multiplayer experience in the new BioWare title.

The Xbox Support team is now working on a fix, though no detailed information explaining the source of the error or how long players can expect to stay locked out were given.

It promised its engineers and developers are "actively continuing to work to resolve the issue".

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