Microsoft is hardly opening the New Year in style. At the start of 2023, two of the companies leading services are suffering outages. Specifically, both OneDrive and Skype are not working for users around the world.

Considering Skype is a communication tool that connects people, the timing of the outage over the holiday weekend was poor timing. It seems the problem is ongoing with the Microsoft 365 Service health page listing both OneDrive and Skype still down at the time of writing [13:30 GMT].

Microsoft explains it is having issues with both apps.

On OneDrive, Microsoft points out that customers cannot open the cloud storage service on their web. There are also reports that users cannot sync content on both desktop and mobile. On web, the website is returning the “something went wrong” error message and shows an empty file.

According to the company, it is “reviewing service monitoring telemetry to isolate the root cause and develop a remediation plan.”

Skype

Over on Skype, users are reporting issues sending GIFs, purchasing Skype credits, and spending their credits. It is also not possible to see recent purchases. Furthermore, Skype users with Microsoft 365 do not have access to their 60 minutes of calling credits.

Microsoft says it is working on the issue and will issue a fix when it is ready. The outage comes just weeks after Skype received a major new design and update.

Microsoft is debuting a new major redesign and an innovative new “TruVoice” translation service.

And that’s where we will start because this really is a breakthrough technology that will be available for Skype users. Microsoft says the app now supports real-time translation for video calls and the translation will use your personal voice (TruVoice).

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