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Via MSNBC, the Associated Press reports: Microsoft Hotmail still down for some

SEATTLE – An undisclosed technical glitch blocked users from logging on to Microsoft Corp.’s free Web-based e-mail service and other sites Tuesday.

(Msnbc.com is a joint venture of Microsoft and NBC Universal.)

After several hours, the software maker was able to reduce but not completely fix the problem that left Web surfers around the world unable to access Hotmail and other services that require a Microsoft login. Those include the Xbox Live video game community site and the Windows Live Messenger instant messaging program.

This is the problem of relying on a single vendor for all of your IT services, if they have a problem you are dead in the water. MS has been promoting their “passport” service, where everything flows through their servers to give you access to everything else. If you have a web-based business you could end up paying people to sit around all day because of a broken pipe in a server building. This is how “free” services become very expensive.

2 comments

1 Kryten42 { 02.28.08 at 1:07 am }

Only because nobody has commented yet, and I hate to see an empty thread…

Read my mind. 😉

LOL

Oh… And I agree with your assessment. 🙂

2 Bryan { 02.28.08 at 12:23 pm }

As a consultant I’ve seen too many businesses in dire straits because they depended on a single vendor. I always include source code when I write mission critical applications for people, because they shouldn’t be in trouble if I get hit by a bus.

Actually, this is more of an update on the basic thread that Microsoft sucks. If they didn’t pay their fine yesterday, the owe an extra million dollars today based on the exchange rate, so all is not bleak.