Microsoft Outlook and Skype Servers Are Down

Microsoft Outlook and Hotmail users are reporting issues connecting to their email accounts.

Our preliminary investigation does not indicate nefarious reasons for the issue i.e.; hack or DDOS attack.

Could this simply be due to scheduled maintenance or a typo similar to what the Amazon Cloud Services experienced a few days ago where a simple typo caused their servers to go down?

We’ve reached out to Microsoft for comment but have not heard back from them.

Update: We are receiving reports that the servers are back up.