Microsoft Outlook, Hotmail Down for Over 12 Hours

Microsoft Office 2013
Source: Microsoft
Microsoft Office 2013

If you have a Microsoft Outlook or Hotmail account and can't access your email, you are not alone.

Some users of Microsoft's email services were not able to access their emails for over 12 hours Tuesday and into Wednesday morning.

The outage also hit Microsoft's Skydrive service and Calendar, but those services have snce been restored.

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At about 4 P.M. ET on Tuesday, some users began to complain on Twitter that they could not access their email. Microsoft posted an update on its service status website at 5:35 P.M. ET acknowledging the problem and saying it was being resolved.

But the problem persisted Wednesday morning.

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"Fixing the problem is taking longer than we hoped. We'll provide an update by Mar 13 1:12 PM. We apologize for the lengthy interruption in service," the company posted on its status site.

The outage comes at a time when a string of hacking attacks have been widely reported. Hacks affected such people as first lady Michelle Obama, Beyonce and Ashton Kutcher. Chase Bank's website was also the victim of a denial of service attack on Tuesday.

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Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.