Users of Google's cloud services, including Gmail, Drive and numerous tools in its productivity suite, have been hit with disruptions.
Several users have reported problems accessing their accounts, instead getting the message: “Sorry, there seems to be a problem. The service you're looking for is temporarily unavailable.”
IMAP Gmail and Google Drive appear to be down. Service disruptions reported.— Warren Ellis (@warrenellis) April 17, 2013
According to Google's status board, services experiencing disruption at the time of writing include: Mail, Drive, Documents, Spreadsheets, and Presentations.
Google has been approached for details on the cause of the outage but had not responded at the time of publication.
Some users reported they had been able to log on after earlier problems - but that access was not the only issue affecting them.
gmail came back online and i found that my last email was sent 20, yes 20, times. no way i'm getting that job now. thanks google.— リアルゲット (@dtacht) April 17, 2013
Last year, Google announced that it had 425 million users of its Gmail service – putting it ahead of Microsoft's Hotmail offering - now Outlook.com - for the first time.
It's currently not clear how many of those users are affected. But even if it only impacts a tiny percentage, it would still represent a significant number of users.