Microsoft outages hit some Xbox Live, Outlook, Skype services

The current Xbox Live status confirms problems on Xbox One Xbox 360 and Windows 10

The current Xbox Live status confirms problems on Xbox One Xbox 360 and Windows 10

Xbox Live, Outlook, Office 365, OneDrive and Skype users (among others) reported the inability to sign into their Microsoft accounts for a period on Tuesday evening, with some issues still ongoing.

Monday evening and into Tuesday morning Xbox users were having issues accessing the games they purchased on their devices, Xbox Support first tweeted about the issue around 8:30 Monday night and by 3 a.m. Tuesday it had tweeted again saying the issue had been resolved.

Skype's Heartbeat site notes that users are now experiencing program sending messages and singing in.

But whether this server slowdown is just the result of thousands of people rushing to buy the game digitally, or some sort of coordinated hack meant to annoy people like many other times this has happened, remains to be seen.

Xbox Live's website showed that games were working normally, but some core services were down. Users can sign up to receive notifications once service is back up and running.

Microsoft had a service outrage previously this month. This is simple two-step verification like you may have on your email or other social media accounts like Snapchat.

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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.

Users were not happy about the sign-in issues, especially those who were excited about playing the newly released Mass Effect: Andromeda.

"Why does spamming "A" even work".

"We are aware that some users are experiencing difficulties signing in to some services".

Microsoft confirmed the outages on several of its product service status pages.

Right now, if you visit the official Xbox Live Status website, you'll see a short acknowledgement from Microsoft saying its engineers are "actively continuing to work to resolve the issue".