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Outlook and Office 365 see downtime – disadvantage of the cloud

Posted at 01 February 2013 18:01 CET by Jan Willem Aldershoff

Users are reporting that Outlook.com is down and also that Office 365, the cloud version of Office 2013 is unreachable. Microsoft is heavily betting on the cloud (Skydrive) with its new Office versions. By default they save documents to Microsoft’s Skydrive but it is still possible to save to the local drive. The Outlook service seems to be down since  07:22 PST and Microsoft confirms this on its status website.

For Office 365 the subscription service seems to be having problems and some users report they have a hard time using Office 365. Microsoft seems to be aware of the service disruption and trying to solve the issue. Unfortunately this is another case that underlines an important disadvantage of using a cloud service.

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olddancer
MyCE Senior Member
Posted on: 01 Feb 13 18:20
    One more reason to keep a machine with XP and Outlook Express on it!
    It may be primitive to the iTwit (OO shiney shiney shiney) generation but it works!
    CharmedonWB
    MyCE Member
    Posted on: 01 Feb 13 20:27
      The OS has nothing to do with the outage. This is one more reason not to have the cloud as a primary way of using your PC.
      DukeNukem
      MyCE Resident Commenter
      Posted on: 01 Feb 13 21:40
        This is not the email client you're looking for. ... Move along.
        MJPollard
        MyCE Junior Member
        Posted on: 01 Feb 13 21:55
          Quote:
          Originally Posted by CharmedonWB
          The OS has nothing to do with the outage. This is one more reason not to have the cloud as a primary way of using your PC.
          Absolutely right. The cloud is a good tool to have in your arsenal, but never, ever trust it as your singular (or even primary) storage space. Didn't the Megaupload fiasco teach anyone the folly of relying exclusively on the cloud?
          ChristineBCW
          MyCE Die Hard
          Posted on: 01 Feb 13 22:58
            Holy Skynet, Batman... ya mean people are supposed to LEARN?!! Sheesh...

            Sounds like a MURPHY BROWN episode.
            CharmedonWB
            MyCE Member
            Posted on: 02 Feb 13 01:07
              Quote:
              Originally Posted by MJPollard
              Absolutely right. The cloud is a good tool to have in your arsenal, but never, ever trust it as your singular (or even primary) storage space. Didn't the Megaupload fiasco teach anyone the folly of relying exclusively on the cloud?
              I would use the cloud for convenience to transfer files from one to another machine but never would use it as a primary storage container.
              TSJnachos117
              MyCE Senior Member
              Posted on: 02 Feb 13 02:52
                If you want a free Outlook Express, you don't need XP. Windows Vista came with a program called "Windows Mail", and after having used it, I can't tell the difference between this and OE. Likewise, for all newer versions of Windows, "Windows Live Mail" again seems to be the exact same thing.

                Of course, there are always other programs like Thunderbird available, too.
                olyteddy
                Senior Moderator
                Posted on: 02 Feb 13 04:43
                  Outlook Express <> Outlook. OE is a very simple e-mail client. Outlook is not only e-mail but scheduling and contacts and collaboration and time management and ...
                  debro
                  Blown to smitherines
                  Posted on: 03 Feb 13 01:59
                    Cloud .... its cheaper than dedicated hardware. But you get what you pay for...
                    whatever_gong82
                    MyCE Member
                    Posted on: 04 Feb 13 17:43
                      Keep what you can't lose locally, back up what you can with the Cloud.

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