Microsoft Office 365 made a lot of users happy since its release in 2011. The service was initially intended for corporate users, being a successor to Microsoft Business Productivity Online Suite (BPOS). After the release of Microsoft Office 2013, Office 365 was expanded to target different types of businesses, including new plans aimed for general consumers.
But Office 365 seems to be down for the count for now, and Microsoft said that the culprit is a recent change introduced by the Redmond-based company.
Many Microsoft 365-related services are affected
Due to the outage, many people who were using services like Outlook and Microsoft Teams were affected. But luckily enough, Microsoft still brings some good news:
“We’re pursuing mitigation steps for this issue. In parallel, we’re rerouting traffic to alternate systems to provide further relief to the affected users,”
Microsoft Teams is a relatively new service, as it was released in 2017 and it focuses more on business users. Teams is currently available for Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS, and the Google Play Store description says it all:
“Microsoft Teams is your hub for teamwork, which brings together everything a team needs: chat and threaded conversations, meetings & video conferencing, calling, content collaboration with the power of Microsoft 365 applications, and the ability to create and integrate apps and workflows that your business relies on.”
Microsoft Teams offers plenty of useful features, such as:
- Chat 1-1 while using group messages and dedicated channels for communicating with the whole team
- There are to-do lists and calendars available
- Cloud storage access directly in group chats
- You can securely access personal chats, documents, & files
- HD audio and video calls are available for scheduled face-to-face meetings
- You can get your team’s attention by mentioning individual members, or the whole team
The Microsoft 365 outage will surely go away sooner or later, as the need for technology is significantly stronger than any technical issue.