Microsoft’s cloud services appear to be starting to become increasingly vulnerable, with global problems earlier in Outlook and about an hour of problems with Azure services in the U.S. today. Microsoft wrote on its status page that it was investigating a possible problem accessing Microsoft or Azure services, including Azure, in North America.
Starting at about 18:20 on October 7, 2020, customers focused on North America are experiencing connectivity issues with Microsoft cloud services due to on-going network issues. This issue appears to affect only Azure customers and Azure government services in North America. Some network services that leverage Azure cloud services are reporting downstream impacts. Microsoft said it identified a potential cause and is investigating possible mitigations. Depending on the progress of the problem resolution, an update will be provided on a 30-minute basis.
DownDetector, a third-party downtime detection service, also confirmed that the problems were primarily in the U.S. and said the problem was easing, meaning Microsoft might already be working on a solution or enabling a backup.