So ever since the MSN Messenger days, Microsoft had always provided a page to allow users to check the current service status for the .NET Messenger Service, despite this page never really updating even during the rare widespread outages we have had in the past few years. With the Windows Live Online Services now expanding way beyond just Messenger, and the massive push towards cloud computing from Microsoft, services like Hotmail, Calendar, Contacts, SkyDrive, and even your “Messenger Social” feeds become just as important as the Messenger service. As such, Microsoft has provided a new page on Windows Live Wave 4 which allows you to not only check the service status for Messenger, but other Windows Live services as well. Here’s the description for this new Windows Live Service Status service on the “All services” page:
Get information about the current performance of Windows Live services.
(Thanks to Jamie Thomson for this screenshot!)
As you can see, this service also allow users to view the history of any service outages for the specific services listed, as well as reporting any issues with the Windows Live services.