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Microsoft Outlook Outage and Service Disruption, February 7

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On February 6, 2023, at ~11:28 PM EST, Microsoft tweeted (@MSFT365status) that they were investigating an access and services issue for Outlook.

For IT pros and system admins with access to the Microsoft Admin Center, the service incident number was EX512238.



Within minutes of their first message, Microsoft sent a second message providing a link to the Office Service Status Portal page but they gave little information as to the source / cause of the issue and as to what remediation efforts were in place.



The Microsoft Outlook Service Status home page


Within one hour of first announcing the issue, Microsoft communicated that they had confirmed that a "recent change" was causing the impact to Outlook and Outlook services and that they were continuing efforts to restore service availability.

At approximately 1:00 AM EST (February 7), Microsoft tweeted that infrastructure restarts were underway. The Outlook Service Status portal provided more details: users were impacted in that they may be unable to send, receive, or search email within And this impact was to users primarily hosted in the North American region. Additionally, Microsoft disclosed that functionalities such as Calendar, consumed by other services such as Microsoft Teams, may also be affected.



Within three hours of first reporting, Microsoft was messaging via @MSFT365status and the Outlook Service Status portal that some environments were seeing gradual improvements. Additionally, Microsoft stated that users in regions beyond North America also may experience some "residual" impact because of the infrastructure in North America.



As of 6:00 AM EST, Microsoft stated that mitigation steps had been applied to the entire impacted infrastructure and that gradual service recovery was continuing. A second Microsoft service incident number was also provided: TM512245.


At 10:30 AM EST,, approximately 11 hours after their first message announcing the outage, Microsoft was able to confirm 99.9% restoration to all impacted services. However, the Outlook Service Status portal was still indicating a "red light" status for Outlook.



And just before noon on February 7, 2023, approximately 12 hours from the start of the issue, Microsoft was confirming that the service incident was fully resolved for both EX512238 and TM512245.  Another check of the Outlook Service Status portal confirmed a "green light" status for Outlook services.




The Importance of Microsoft 365 Monitoring

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