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Huge outage hits Microsoft email, Xbox, Skype

File photo - This July 3, 2014 photo shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

File photo - This July 3, 2014 photo shows Microsoft Corp. signage outside the Microsoft Visitor Center in Redmond, Wash. Microsoft on Thursday, July 17, 2014.  (AP Photo Ted S. Warren)

A huge outage hit Microsoft services Tuesday morning, with users across the globe experiencing problems accessing Outlook, Xbox and Skype.

Users were unable to log onto the Outlook email client via mobile devices and received an error message when trying to access the desktop version of the service.

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Social media was abuzz with users discussing the outage.

Users also reportedly experienced problems with Microsoft’s Xbox and Skype services. Microsoft acknowledged the Xbox issues in a statement posted to its Xbox Live status page. “Another issue has been identified that is causing problems for some members signing in to Xbox Live. The team is working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Thanks for your patience,” it said.

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The Verge reported that the outage lasted an hour and noted that Microsoft services appeared to be back online by 9:30 a.m. EST.

“We’re aware that some customers are having difficulties logging
in. Our engineers are working to fully resolve this as soon as possible," explained Microsoft, in a statement emailed to Fox News.

Last week a major outage hit Amazon Web Services, disrupting East Coast internet.