If you've been unable to connect to Microsoft's services, you're not alone. Microsoft is suffering through an outage that has taken down Outlook, Microsoft Teams, and others. If you are connected, don't be tempted to disconnect just to see what's going on, Microsoft warns. The Microsoft 365 service page, showing the status of Microsoft's business services, notes that Microsoft Teams may also be affected, along with its related services. Microsoft's Twitter account noted the outage at 2:44 p.m. PT, claiming then that it was "investigating an issue affecting access to multiple Microsoft 365 services."
Microsoft's first Xbox 20/20 stream, which will showcase gameplay from upcoming third-party Xbox Series X games, starts at 11AM ET. You can watch the entire Inside Xbox live stream below or follow along as we write about the latest news to come out of the event. As for what you can expect to see, we know Ubisoft will share footage of Assassin's Creed Vahalla in action. Beyond that, Head of Xbox Phil Spencer tweeted the company will show off several brand new games, from "studios large and small," during the stream. That said, don't expect to see any first-party gameplay reveals; Microsoft plans to show games like Halo Infinite later this year.
Word began leaking last week that Microsoft laid off the Microsoft Press team. And indeed, as IT Unity's Tony Redmond blogged on July 17, that is the case. Though Microsoft officials aren't providing many specifics, they are confirming there were cuts via this rather vague statement from a spokesperson: I've heard from a couple of my contacts that the "entire Microsoft Press team" (minus one remaining person charged with working with outside suppliers) totaled six people. Microsoft officials wouldn't confirm how many individuals were cut when I asked. Schools will often equip the classroom -- but forget to train the teacher.
Want to know what Microsoft's much-ballyhooed education event has in store? You'll have an easy way to find out: Microsoft is offering a livestream of the event when it kicks off at 9:30AM Eastern Time. And you might have a good reason to tune in, whether or not you're in the education field. Last-minute leaks have suggested that Microsoft might unveil the Surface Laptop, its first (relatively) conventional portable PC. There's also talk of Windows 10 S (aka Windows 10 Cloud), a stripped-back version that only runs Windows Store apps.