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INTERNET GIANT Google's Drive and Gmail services are back online after having been hit by outages, with the cause or causes still unknown.
Users complained about problems with both services for around 30 minutes earlier today on Twitter, and in The INQUIRER offices both services were inaccessible or running very slowly.
Chrome web browsers were also crashing when users tried to access the services, some users reported.
The website downrightnow.com, which tracks if websites are experiencing problems also noted the outages.
No information relating to the outages is available on the firm's Apps Status page and Google has not responded to The INQUIRER's request for information by the time of publication.
The incident is embarrassing for Google as it seeks to promote its services against rivals such as Microsoft's Outlook web email service and Dropbox storage service in both the consumer and enterprise markets.
It also highlights the risks of using public cloud hosted services that are vulnerable to disruptions without any service level guarantee. µ
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