MICROSOFT SERVICES including Hotmail, Outlook and Skype have bounced back after suffering a major outage, which has been blamed on an 'authentication error'.
The downtime struck at 2pm UK time on Tuesday and left users of Hotmail, Outlook and Skype locked out of their accounts.
Rather than a bunch of spam emails, users were greeted with a message that said that their password is incorrect or that their account doesn't exist at all, mimicking recent issues suffered by Yahoo Mail users.
Naturally, users of Microsoft's cloud services took to Twitter and Reddit to moan about the downtime, with some complaining that Xbox online services had also been hit by the issues.
"All MS is having issues. Tried signing into xbox (sic) and it acts nutty. The MS website says everything is down. (They'll text you when it's all fixed, IF you sign into your account...... yep, that's what it says)," one user moaned.
Another whined: "I had just finished making some major changes to my account when it told me my account didn't exist. I was freaking out! Terrible timing MS..."
In a statement given to the INQUIRER, Microsoft has confirmed that the issue has since been resolved.
"Some customers may have experienced difficulty signing into some services. The issue has been resolved," a Microsoft spokesperson said, albeit vaguely. µ
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