Hotmail is down (Update: some access available)

By Kip Kniskern | In News | Posted March 12, 2009 7 comments

Opened Twitter today to a rash of “Hotmail is Down” tweets, and sure enough, the Hotmail server is “too busy” as of 9:14 am pdt:


Online mail application server outages have been in the news recently, with a couple of notable Gmail glitches making news, and as “cloud services” gain more attention. 

Judging from the number of tweets, the Hotmail outage appears to be widespread.  Since we first noticed the outage, which had apparently been going on for 10 minutes or so, and started writing this post, another 15 minutes have past, meaning the outage is at least 1/2 hour old.  We’ll update as soon as we hear more.

Update: I was able to access Hotmail (very slowly) as of 9:46am pdt, and a new “temporarily unavailable” message is posted on


Looks like the service is returning, although it is not back to 100% yet, as access is still spotty.

Update #2: As of 11:30am pdt, Hotmail seems to be working normally.

Posted March 12th, 2009 at 6:35 pm
Category: News
Tags: Hotmail
  • paulstorm

    If you use Windows Live Mail, Outlook, or Windows Live for Windows Mobile — you didn’t know there was an outage. Appears to be a ‘front door’ server issue. Wouldn’t be surprised if something malicious was going on…like a DDOS attack hence the ‘server too busy’ notion.

  • Mephiles

    I just managed to get on and check my emails. Now it’s not working again.

  • bolix

    Hotmail for Mobile devices is hardly working for me.

  • nikhil_jain

    Hotmail working fine for me.! I have n’t find problem in any of the device in whole day.

  • JoeM

    Outlook 2007 and 2003 was having trouble accessing my hotmail & MSN email accounts

  • tekfan

    @paulstorm: I don’t know. WLM prompted me to enter my ID and password when Hotmail was down and said there was no connection.

  • Tony T

    I had a couple time-out’s this morning. I have not been able to get to since yesterday. If I log into I see in the URL is InboxLight?