Thousands of users have been experiencing problems, with Microsoft Outlook issues the most widely reported.
Aussie Outages show Australia and Japan are the worst two hit areas, with hundreds of reports coming within the last hour.
Of those raising the issue, 54 per cent said they had trouble logging in, 31 per cent complained about the website and 14 per cent claimed the were not receiving mail.
Xbox users have also complained of the servers being offline all morning.
“Very annoying! Can’t access on Chrome or Safari, or iPhone. Thinking about going to my gmail account for good,” wrote one user.
“Not been able to login to Hotmail / Outlook since Sunday from computer. Got in yesterday briefly on mobile but could not open any message in Inbox or navigate anywhere. All my work stuff is on there. Extremely frustrating. But on the positive side, this has been a good lesson for the future: don’t store vital working papers on Hotmail / Outlook,” added another.
— Michelle B (@Chel221B) May 19, 2017
Despite the reports, some users claim to have figured a solution with Internet Explorer.
“If problem is persisting, you can still access outlook through Internet Explorer (worked for me),” one user wrote on Aussie Outages.
“I never normally use Internet Explorer, so it didn’t cross my mind to try. YES it works using Internet Explorer 🙂 Able to open, receive and send emails. But still doesn’t work via anything else,” added another.
Microsoft said it is working to create a fix for the issue.
“Some customers may be experiencing difficulty connecting to some O365 services and we’re working to address this,” a spokeswoman told news.com.au.
Australia Denies Sex Offenders Passports
Registered child sex offenders would lose their Australian passports under a new law aimed at preventing convicted pedophiles from victimizing children overseas. Officials call the proposal a “world first” in the fight against child sex tourism.
The Australian reports the law would affect an estimated 20,000 registered offenders who have served their sentences but are still under supervision and must report to authorities.
“This new legislation represents the toughest crackdown on child sex tourism by any government, anywhere,” Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said, adding that Australia is “determined to prevent the sexual exploitation of vulnerable young children overseas.”
The law would prevent registered child sex offenders from traveling beyond the reach of Australia’s authorities to what Bishop described as “vulnerable countries” where children are at risk.
ECPAT International, a Bangkok-based non-profit group that fights sexual exploitation of children, described child sex tourism as “the exchange of cash, clothes, food or some other form of consideration to a child or to a third party for sexual contact.”
From Melbourne, reporter Louisa Lim tells NPR, “Last year, around 800 registered child sex offenders went overseas from Australia, half of them to Southeast Asia.”
Countries in the Asia-Pacific region wanted Australia to address the issue, according to The Associated Press.
The legislation comes on the heels of a notorious case, in which Australian Robert Andrew Fiddes Ellis was found to have abused 11 girls in Bali, Indonesia, over the course of two years, Australia’s ABC reports. The victims ranged in age from seven to 17. Ellis was sentenced to 15 years in prison.
India Denies Australian Request To Observe Wargames
India has rejected an Australian request to take part in joint naval exercises with the United States and Japan for fear of antagonising China, which has warned against expanding the drills, navy officials and diplomats say.
Australia formally wrote to the Indian defence ministry in January asking if it could send naval ships to join the July wargames as an observer, in what military experts saw as a step toward eventual full participation.
Four officials from India, Australia and Japan told Reuters India blocked the proposal and suggested that Canberra send officers to watch the exercises in the Bay of Bengal from the decks of the three participating countries’ warships, instead.
New Delhi is worried that China will step up activities in the Indian Ocean where it is building infrastructure in Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Pakistan, feeding India’s anxiety about being encircled, Indian military sources and diplomats said.
New Delhi’s ties with Beijing have soured in recent years over a territorial dispute in the Himalayas and China’s military support of Pakistan.
China has also been concerned that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s avowedly nationalist government has stepped up public engagement of the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader who lives in exile in India.
An Indian defence ministry spokesman confirmed there had been a request from Australia for observer status in the July exercises, but he said he was not in a position to provide any details of the Indian response.