Hotmail Service Unavailable – Hotmail Goes Down

Hotmail / Spaces Service Unavailable

Apparently Microsoft is having major issues with their servers over the past 24 hours.  And if it’s not the same servers, then Microsoft is just having a run of bad publicity.  Yesterday it was reported that XBOX live went offline due to their servers crashing.  And now today, thousands of people are reporting that Microsoft’s MSN Messenger and Windows Live Spaces (previously known as MSN Spaces) appear to be offline at the moment.

While trying to access the Windows Live Spaces Website ( http://spaces.live.com/ ), it simply shows the message “Service Unavailable” on a blank page with no title.  Hotmail.com also gives the same error.

On accessing http://messengersays.spaces.live.com/ an error message “Sorry, Spaces is temporarily unavailable at this time. The service is temporarily unavailable. Please try again later.” is shown.

All of this comes at a point which Microsoft was hoping for a bit of momentum as they announced yesterday the new Windows Mobile 7 operating system.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer was claiming that everything was going to change from this point forward, and that the new Windows Mobile 7 was going to be the game changer.

Within hours of Steve Ballmer introducing the Windows Mobile 7 platform at the MWC (Mobile World Congress) conference, updates started flooding the web that XBOX Live was not working, and specifically that nobody could play Modern Warfare 2.

And now today, Microsoft is once again plagued with bad publicity due to MSN apparently being down.

None of this is good timing considering the announcement yesterday of Windows Mobile 7.