Oh, you tease

It is OneDrive’s turn to get a beating with the stick of fail as the service took a tumble this morning.

Issues first began appearing at around 08:00 GMT as users around Europe logged in, expecting to find their files, and found instead a picture of a bicycle with a flat tyre or a dropped ice cream cone. Oh, you guys!

The fact that Microsoft has a wide variety of images to illustrate failure will be of little comfort to users that depend on the cloud storage system.

OneDrive is Microsoft’s answer to the likes of DropBox and its ilk, allowing users to stash files (up to 1TB for an individual Office 365 subscriber) on Redmond’s servers and synchronise them to their devices or access through a web client.

Except now it doesn’t. We checked it out at Vulture Central and found that, yes, synchronisation had stopped, and while it was possible to log into the web portal for a teasing look at one’s files, actually trying to open them resulted in an error.

Even local Office 365 apps, such as Word, are jolly unhappy, reporting errors on saving documents due to the inaccessibility of the cloudy storage. The experience is a lesson on the consequences of too much dependence on the cloud.

Source: OneDrive is broken: Microsoft’s cloudy storage drops from the sky for EU users • The Register

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