Overheating of Datacenter Behind Outlook.com and Hotmail Outage on March 12th

Hotmail, Outlook.com went down due to datacenter overheating. Twitter Windows 8 app, Contre Jour for Windows Phone released. Now, virtually experience WP on an iPhone, Android.

On March 12th, 2013 at 13:35 PM PDT, there was a service interruption that affected some people's access to a small part of the SkyDrive service, but primarily Hotmail.com and Outlook.com were affected the most.

Microsoft in a blog post notes, that it was cause by the overheating of datacenter, and the services were restored "fully" by 5:43 AM PDT on March 13th, 2013.

"On the afternoon of the 12th, in one physical region of one of our datacenters, we performed our regular process of updating the firmware on a core part of our physical plant. This is an update that had been done successfully previously, but failed in this specific instance in an unexpected way. This failure resulted in a rapid and substantial temperature spike in the datacenter. This spike was significant enough before it was mitigated that it caused our safeguards to come in to place for a large number of servers in this part of the datacenter," Micorosoft explained.

Twitter for Windows 8 brings all the design, features and functionality of Twitter combined with the fast and fluid technology of Windows 8.

First off - it has a Live Tile that allows you to quickly see who has replied to you on Twitter right from your Start screen and you'll get notifications too for replies and direct messages.

Here is a list of features:

  • "Discover (#) icon shows you new topics from people in your network and other information like Trends and Who to Follow suggestions.
  • Share charm makes it easier to tweet links, pictures and opinions to your followers from anywhere in Windows 8.
  • Create the ultimate screen with Snap view on Windows 8. Drag Twitter into the narrow side of the screen and slide in another favorite app. You can stream a live video while you watch the conversation about it unfold on Twitter. Then use the Share charm to join the discussion.
  • new landscape view, not only can you view a larger version of individual photos, but you can also swipe horizontally to view multiple photos in the Discover tab or a user's profile. Tap a photo to view it in full screen, which showcases large photos in the center of the screen, or view the photo gallery from your favorite users.
  • Search charm makes it easy to find an account or see Tweets using a certain hashtag. Just swipe from the right edge of Windows 8 from any app and select the Search charm."

Grab the Twitter for Windows 8 from Windows Store.

Also, Microsoft today brings Contre Jour to Windows Phone.

"Use your fingertip to change the landscape and complete puzzles by swiping, tapping and controlling tendrils, air geysers, slingshots and more. Only you can guide Petit, the mysterious hero of Contre Jour, through the game's 60 stages and, ultimately, to safety. You can also play 20 levels of Contre Jour on the Web with the stunning Internet Explorer version featuring fully accelerated HTML5 and advanced multi-touch support," Microsoft wrote.

Grab the game Windows Store.

Microsoft has just updated its virtual Windows Phone site--now offering iPhone and Android users to experience a fully-interactive web demo that let's you do just about everything but make a personal call.

The demo works on most PC and phone browsers.

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Some tid-bits from Microsoft news center:

Microsoft and TagVault.org join forces to improve software management based on the software identification ISO standard for larger organizations to effectively manage their software supply and distribution process in a much more automated and cost-controlled manner, Microsoft stated.

Also, at Yammer's London office, His Royal Highness, the Duke of York, stopped by while on a visit to Tech City, a technology hub located in East London. "While in Tech City, the Duke of York spoke about how the United Kingdom's Royal Family are "early adopters of technology," including Yammer," Microsoft informs.

Convergence 2013, Microsoft's premier event for its Microsoft Dynamics community, kicks off in New Orleans next week Tuesday, March 19, 2013, 9-10:30 a.m. CDT--with more than 11,000 attendees expected, making it the largest Convergence event ever.

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In the photo above, the Duke of York visits with Nick Matthews of Yammer and Tech City CEO Joanna Shields.