Second outage hits MSN Messenger

Technical problems at Microsoft have again caused trouble for users trying to connect to Hotmail and MSN Messenger yesterday.

Technical problems at Microsoft have again caused trouble for users trying to connect to Hotmail and MSN Messenger yesterday.

Users around the globe reported that they had problems signing on to the Hotmail and MSN Messenger services during about a three-hour period from 5pm GMT until 8pm GMT.

Microsoft said it identified an issue that caused log-on and connectivity issues on some MSN services for a portion of its customers and has since solved it. The company did not specify the scope of the problem.

The outage also affected connectivity for MSN Internet Access customers. Microsoft said it wasan unspecified internal problem and and that there was no indication of any external causes such as cyberattacks.

Although to users the problem was essentially the same, Microsoft said that Thursday's problems are different from those that caused an outage lasting around eight hours last Friday.

Joris Evers writes for IDG News Service

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