Cloud outages were the hot topic last week as Skype and Amazon both suffered embarrassing incidents.
Skype's trouble began on the morning of 21 September, when users found themselves unable to send instant messages on the service, or see other users' presence settings. Microsoft cited a network problem during the afternoon, before confirming at just before midnight that the service was back to normal and by 23 September, Skype had come clean on the cause.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) was also hit by a major outage over the previous weekend. Several Amazon services, such as its Simple Email Service and CloudWatch, were knocked offline on Sunday 20 September.
Adobe was forced to issue 23 security updates last week to fix critical vulnerabilities in its unloved Flash Player which, if left unchecked, could leave computer systems open to attack by hackers.
Microsoft also officially released its Office 2016 application suite for Windows, bringing a greater emphasis on collaboration and cloud features, as well as greater cross-platform consistency with Office applications on other platforms. We've been trying out the latest productivity suite to see what improvements it brings over the current version.
Skype blames ‘configuration change' for huge service outage
Firm apologises for incident that left users without access for 15 hours
Adobe releases 23 critical updates to fix Flash Player flaws
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Microsoft delivers Windows 10 Start menu, Tablet mode updates with Build 10547
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Microsoft launches Office 2016 for Windows PCs
Office 2016 brings more collaboration features and cross-platform consistency
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Amazon Web Services facility in North Virginia to blame
Microsoft Office 2016 first impressions
Familiar looks, but more features than ever
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NatWest outage comes a day after Barclays' IT systems shut out customers and staff