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Microsoft's collaborative Slack-alike, Teams, is having a difficult start to the week, with users unable to log in to share their hopes, dreams and Word documents with their co-workers. Problems started at around 13:00 UTC, as users found themselves presented with connection errors as they attempted to hook up to the service. …

  1. Korev Silver badge

    Come on...

    ...give them some slack...

  2. Paul Herber Silver badge

    For those affected it's not an issue, it's a problem.

    1. Groaning Ninny


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  3. AndrueC Silver badge
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    A colleague and I suffered a barf from it first thing (0900 GMT). But we both just closed the application and forgot about it. There has been no impact on our productivity.

    1. MMR


      What do you mean no impact on productivity? I was actually able to do some work without being constantly distracted.

  4. Baldrickk

    At least

    it wasn't office 3xx again!

  5. Captain Scarlet Silver badge

    Blast their naming convention

    Come on MS name it Microsoft Teams 365, so we can then be horrid and call it Microsoft Teams 364!

    1. N2

      Re: Blast their naming convention


      That's generous!

      1. Danny 14

        Re: Blast their naming convention

        about a month ago I had a friend fr9m another organisation trying to convince me o365 was cheaper and better than out on premesis exchange 2016 setup. When i asked him to email me his quotes he couldnt as o365 was down. The irony.

  6. Adrian 4

    But didn't everyone use Slack because email was too much to keep up with ?

    Surely that couldn't have been the completely stupid 'solution' that it appeared to be ?

    I guess we'll have to just keep generating pointless alternatives to email that will be used for a year and then discarded because the rest of the world came too.

    1. sabroni Silver badge

      We have both, they're not the same thing. Email's much easier to search but much harder to get people to respond to immediately. Email chains get easily out of order whereas a team chat is a collaboration so it's fairly good at keeping things in sequence. We use teams to set up live meetings that members from around the world can join. Difficult to do that with email.

      I guess we generate alternatives to see if there's a better way of doing things. Are you genuinely saying you think people should stop trying to make better things?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        There is the problem.

        Everyone wants an immediate reply.

        I am the most important person in the organisation and I will be dealt with first or I will throw my toys out of the pram, again!

      2. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        "We have both, they're not the same thing."

        Unfortunately, we've had Skype foisted upon us to replace organisation-wide mailing lists, and Skype for Business. So now it's completely impossible to filter (was that an IM, an important news item, or someone posting a picture of their cat?).

        "Are you genuinely saying you think people should stop trying to make better things?"

        Well, if MS could make Teams better, that'd be a start. I've had "phone" calls I can't answer because it didn't render the answer button (restarting it fixed that), it crashing on sending an IM, crashing on getting focus, missed call notifications with no call (i.e. no "phone ring" sound, just a straight "someone tried to call you"), the activity stream doesn't alert to all subscribed activity, etc, on the desktop client. On the web client I've been told that my browser (Chrome) isn't supported, and to please try Chrome...

      3. Danny 14

        so its like sharepoint then?

  7. bombastic bob Silver badge

    ~The Cloud~

    It's SO overrated!

    How about let's get back to p2p communication and local applications and local storage? And maybe do a periodic zip or tarball and put THAT online someplace, for backup...

    1. sabroni Silver badge

      Why do things have to keep changing?

      I don't know. After 30 years in the business I'd hoped the pace of change would have settled down by now. Instead I have to keep learning new stuff and "trying to keep relevant".

      How tiresome!

      1. Pascal Monett Silver badge

        Re: Why do things have to keep changing?

        So, people should actually stop trying to make better things then ?

        1. Anonymous Custard

          Re: Why do things have to keep changing?

          So, people should actually stop trying to make better things then ?

          Certainly not, but they should also confirm once they've finished that they haven't actually made them worse.

          The first rule of engineering should always apply - if it isn't broken, don't fix it.

      2. Phil O'Sophical Silver badge

        Re: Why do things have to keep changing?

        30 years is about the time it takes for the stuff you learned first to come back into fashion, so hang in there. You've nearly completed the circle.

  8. Dwarf


    How can any MS cloud sales droid seriously expect customers to believe that their blue cloud thing is resilient if they can’t even make their own platforms work reliably on it, it’s not like this is the first time something has gone done on it after all.

    I’m running out of fingers and toes counting all the “blue sky of death” events - where there is not a cloud to be seen.

    1. TaabuTheCat

      Re: Credibility.

      How? Because if MS/Oracle/Google/Amazon/et al have their way pretty soon the cloud thing will be the only choice. And even before that happens, as more and more people move to shaky cloud services there's this weird reverse herd immunity thing going on, where no one can point the finger at anyone else for their crap decision to move to the cloud, because they've made the same stupid decision and they're down too! So no one is vaccinated from the stupidity and everyone is sick at once. Joy.

      1. Adrian 4

        Re: Credibility.

        Maybe when we're all in the cloud and, instead of us pointing and laughing and saying 'I told you so', we're all in the same boat .. somebody will actually give a toss and make it work.

        1. MrBoring

          Re: Credibility.

          More likely we'll all have short notice, public holidays as no business apps will work for the whole world.

  9. adnim

    It isn't a good look for Microsoft.

    Less make up more substance?

    It all went downhill from Horace goes skiing

    1. Anonymous Custard

      Re: It isn't a good look for Microsoft.

      Well skiing uphill is rather tricky...

      1. MJB7

        Re: Skiing uphill

        is relatively straightforward. I can't remember the last time I didn't ski in a closed loop. I suppose it's different if you do that silly downhill skiing rather than proper cross-country skiing.

  10. Robert E A Harvey

    Time to dust off the on-prem systems. You'll need to find somewhere else to plug in the kettle

    "Put it all in the cloud" they said.

    "It will be more reliable" they said.

    "You won't have to bother managing it" they said.

    "We employ the best experts so you don't have to " they said.

  11. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    At least they're consistent

    It's now as rubbish as the rest of their products.

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