Microsoft Office 365 goes down for users in many countries

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Microsoft’s Office 365 services – which provide online access to Word, Excel and Outlook, among other software – appear to be offline for many users across Europe due to a problem with Microsoft’s cloud computing service, Azure.

Many users reported being blocked from accessing the Office 365 portal, with Down Detector, a website that tracks outages, seeing a spike in reports. Many appear to be related to problems signing in to Outlook, Microsoft’s email portal.

The incident appears to be related to Azure, Microsoft’s cloud computing platform, on which 365 runs. The Azure status page reads: “Starting at approximately 09:00 on 3rd Dec, 2015, customers began experiencing intermittent issues accessing Azure services that use, or have dependencies on Azure Active Directory.

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