According to Microsoft's Azure status page, the problems started around 5pm Pacific time and have still not been fully solved. "We are experiencing a connectivity issue across multiple Azure Services," the page said.
"Microsoft is investigating an issue affecting access to some Microsoft services," said a Microsoft spokesperson. "We are working to restore full access to these services as quickly as
Azure outages are a serious problem for Microsoft as the company tries to sell its cloud-computing service as a cost-effective and reliable alternative to Inc's competing service called AWS.
They are also a headache to the many customers relying on Azure to host websites. That includes Microsoft itself, whose site was inaccessible on Tuesday. Microsoft suffered its last major Azure outage in August.
Microsoft issues update to fix domain privileges security
Microsoft Corp an emergency software update to fix a security glitch that affects domain privileges in all supported versions of Windows. The vulnerability could allow an attacker to upgrade unprivileged domain user account privileges to those of a domain administrator account.
The update was released on Tuesday, according to information available on the company's Security Response Center website. Microsoft said it was aware of limited, targeted attacks that aimed to exploit the security issue at the time it issued the update.