Microsoft late yesterday (27 February) cleared up a daylong outage that stopped users getting access to Windows Live services that include Hotmail, Messenger, SkyDrive and Photo Gallery.
The company said “an issue” occurred that affected the log-in process via Windows Live ID, which provides single click access to all the accounts a user has on Windows Live. It erfused to give further details.
Microsoft is using its consumer services to showcase its software plus services initiative aimed at corporate users.
Windows Live ID is based on Microsoft's Passport technology and is a testing ground for its new user-centric InfoCard technology that shipped with Vista.
Many reported seeing the error message: "Server too busy. We are experiencing higher than normal volume and are therefore unable to service your request at this time."
Some speculated Microsoft's online properties, which are part of its efforts to add online services to go along with its shrink-wrapped software, were suffering from a denial-of-service attack.
Microsoft is not the only high-profile provider to suffer an outage in recent days. Google's YouTube suffered
from access issues on Sunday.