Microsoft Teams goes down as Europe starts working from home

Remote not-working during the Coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft Teams goes down as Europe starts working from home

As millions of people across Europe choose to work remotely rather than head into the office in the wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, a widely-used communication and collaboration tool that allows workers to have video meetings, chat, and share files has gone down.

Microsoft Teams posted on its Twitter support account that it was aware that users were experiencing problems using the service:

We’re investigating messaging-related functionality problems within Microsoft Teams. Please refer to TM206544 in your admin center for further details.

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Obviously this is hardly the ideal time for Microsoft Teams to go down.

Tweets from Microsoft Teams users

As more and more businesses tell their workers not to travel into the office, and more schools switch to teaching pupils online, we’re likely to see more internet services stumble as they attempt to handle the sudden increased usage.

And don’t forget – the teams at those companies providing the internet services are likely to have their own workers logging in remotely, trying to fix systems via the laptop on their dining room table.

Strange days indeed.

Update: Some users are now reporting that Microsoft Teams services have returned to normal.

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One comment on “Microsoft Teams goes down as Europe starts working from home”

  1. Charles Welty

    Really M$ ?
    How about adjusting my monthly enterprise fee?

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