Google’s popular e-mail application Gmail is down Tuesday afternoon, in an outage affecting both free and paid users (COLlive included).
The outage began sometime around 1 pm Pacific time, and remains down, despite an oddly time stamped message on the company’s status dashboard, which says service is back for some and will be restored for all in the near future.
In a message posted at 11:28 AM, the company wrote “Google Mail service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.”
The outage comes just as Google has launched a rare advertising campaign to persuade companies to ditch Microsoft applications such as Outlook and Word for Google’s hosted Apps for Your Domain.
Gmail suffered a wide, and long outage on May 14, which led many to worry about the reliability of so-called cloud computing services, where critical portions of companies’ businesses are handled by remote computing services, such as Google, Zoho, and Salesforce.com.
The service remains available on remote client, such as Outlook or the iPhone’s mail client, via POP3 and IMAP.
Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but did acknowledge and apologize for the outage on its Gmail blog.
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