Microsoft 365 Is Down, Affecting Teams and Exchange Online Usage

The outage has been impacting login attempts, preventing users from access accounts for the majority of Tuesday morning.
Conor Cawley

The bigger they are, the harder they fall, a sentiment all too familiar to Microsoft 365 users this morning, as the popular business tool is experiencing an outage that his impacting its Teams and Exchange Online services.

Microsoft is pretty good about keeping its services intact. While Internet Explorer has indeed been discontinued after 27 long years, other services like Teams, Outlook, and others have been stalwarts of the productivity software landscape.

Unfortunately, everyone has bad days, as the tech giant is experiencing some serious outages this morning that are making it hard to get work done on its many platforms.

Microsoft 365 Outage Impacts Teams and Exchange Online

If you're having trouble jumping in a meeting with your colleagues this morning, you aren't alone, as Microsoft 365 is reportedly experiencing some issues that are negatively affecting the Teams and Exchange Online services. Other less popular services were almost impacted, including SharePoint Online, the Graph API, and Universal Print.

“We've determined multiple Microsoft 365 services are experiencing delays, connection and search issues and are investigating the cause of this,” read a tweet from Microsoft 365 Status.

As for exactly what kind of problems you can expect this morning from Microsoft 365, users are reportedly experiencing significant delays, log-in failures, and general problems logging in to their accounts.

Fortunately, the problems don't seem like they will stick around for long. Microsoft has been providing frequent updates — as they often do — and it appears that the majority of functionality has returned to a myriad of services. A few issues still exist, so check back with the Twitter account in question to get up-to-date information about the Microsoft 365 outage.

Is Microsoft Teams Good for Business?

Despite this brief interruption to service, Microsoft Teams and its umbrella platform Microsoft 365 are great for businesses looking to improve operations and increase productivity. It provides everything from video conferencing tools to team collaboration features that can make working remotely that much easier for your team.

To be fair, though, it's not the best web conferencing tool on the market. We've compared it to Google Meet and Zoom in that regard through some in-depth research and found that both platforms are bit better suited for businesses.

Still, Microsoft Teams is free, offers robust collaboration tools, and integrates perfectly with other Microsoft 365 services, which makes it nothing to scoff at as far as businesses are concerned. Microsoft Teams also gets frequent updates, so you know you're getting an up-to-date service when you log on. Take a look at how they compare on price and features in our table below:

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The lowest starting price for a paid plan. The lowest price available for your business will depend on your needs.
User rating
Average rating given by iOS and Android users in App Store and Google Play Store reviews
Best for
Pros
Cons
Meeting Length
Recording Storage

RingCentral

Google Meet

Microsoft Teams

GoTo Meeting

Zoom

Webex

Zoho Meeting

Lifesize

$11.99/month

$8/month

$4/month

4.7
4.7
4.7
4.4
4.4
4.4
4.0
3.2

Longer meetings

Google Workplace users

Microsoft users

Overall conference calling

Beginners

Larger businesses

Zoho users

Users that need hardware

  • Lots of customizability
  • Can also be used for Glip
  • Google Workplace compatibility
  • Very affordable paid plan
  • Advanced features like live captioning
  • Completely free
  • 300 participants
  • Integrates with Microsoft 365
  • High quality video
  • Reliable and secure
  • Lower cost than competitors
  • Easy to use
  • Feature-rich free version available
  • Intuitive interface
  • Feature-rich software
  • High quality video
  • Easy setup
  • Free – no time limit
  • Browser functionality
  • SSL/128-bit AES encryption
  • 1080p video and HD audio,
  • Integrates with third-party apps
  • Good value
  • No analytics or single sign-on with free plan
  • Lacks advanced project management tools
  • 250 meeting participant limit
  • No end-to-end-encryption
  • No gallery view for guests
  • Steep learning curve
  • Weak free plan
  • Poor audio quality
  • Occasional bandwidth issues
  • Recording costs extra
  • Unsophisticated chat function
  • Free – 40 minutes
  • Paid – Unlimited

 

  • 40 minutes
  • 24 hours
  • Free – 60 minutes
  • Paid – 24 hours
  • No time limit
  • No storage limit
  • Pro – 5GB
  • Business – 5GB
  • Business Plus – 10GB
  • Enterprise – Unlimited
  • No recording limit
  • Free – 10MB
  • Starter – 20MB
  • Standard – 200MB
  • Professional – 5GB
  • Enterprise – 10GB
  • Ultimate – 10GB
  • 20GB
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Conor is the Lead Writer for Tech.co. For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.

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