Feb. 23, 2012 at 8:29 PM ET
Updated: Hotmail had returned to service by around 7 p.m. ET.
The email service Hotmail appears to be down at the momentand has been having problems since Thursday afternoon shortly after 4 p.m. ET.
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Just yesterday, Hotmail announceda milestone for its Android app: 5 million downloads in less thanfive months.
Many are having trouble accessing Hotmailat the moment. Despite the Web outage, some say they can access mail on theirphone, so that is worth a try at least, though others say they cannot.
Several took to Twitter to voicetheir frustration.
This is not the first time Hotmailhas gone down. Just months ago, asimilar outage raisedquestions about the reliability of Microsoft’s cloud computingstorage.