Visual Studio Online Suffers Another Outage

The repair team says it's rolling back recent updates to mitigate the problem.

Visual Studio Online is experiencing its second major outage in less than a month, with no current timetable for a fix.

The latest message, from the Visual Studio Online Service Blog, says that "We are still investigating. DevOps are rolling back changes done in the last 24 hours to mitigate the problem. We will provide an update in 60 minutes or sooner."

The previous updates, from approximately an hour earlier and 90 minutes earlier, did not add any additional information. It was unclear when the outage began. However, a post from Aug. 11 says that maintenance was going to be performed on VSO starting from that day through tomorrow, Aug. 15. In an ironic twist, Microsoft says in the blog that "There should be no disruption to the service during this maintenance."

Since Monday, Microsoft has blogged about issues with Application Insights, identity change issues and the current service outage.

The problems follow a significant outage on July 18, that lasted about 90 minutes. In that case, an Azure SQL database was the culprit.

These are just the latest issues for Visual Studio Online, the cloud-based version of Visual Studio. Microsoft Technical Fellow Brian Harry blogged back in February about the service's growing pains. They included a run of "bad" deployments that resulted in "unacceptable" downtime, he said.

As of the time of this writing, Microsoft had not yet posted any updates on when service might be restored.

About the Author

Keith Ward is the editor in chief of Virtualization & Cloud Review. Follow him on Twitter @VirtReviewKeith.

comments powered by Disqus


  • VS Code Now Has Apple Silicon Builds for Native Mac Development

    Goodbye Rosetta, hello M1. Visual Studio Code has been updated with new builds that let it run natively on machines with Apple Silicon (M1), the company's own ARM64 chips.

  • Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.9 Ships with .NET 6 Preview 1 Support

    During its Ignite 2021 online event for IT pros and developers this week, Microsoft shipped Visual Studio 2019 for Mac v8.9, arriving with out-of-the-box support for .NET 6 Preview 1, which the company also released recently.

  • Analyst: TypeScript Now Firmly in Top 10 Echelon (Ruby, Not So Much)

    RedMonk analyst Stephen O'Grady believes TypeScript has achieved the rare feat of firmly ensconcing itself into the top 10 echelon of his ranking, now questioning how high it might go.

  • Black White Wave IMage

    Neural Regression Using PyTorch: Training

    The goal of a regression problem is to predict a single numeric value, for example, predicting the annual revenue of a new restaurant based on variables such as menu prices, number of tables, location and so on.

Upcoming Events