“Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.”
The outage apparently affected users of workplace G-Suite accounts as well as regular Google accounts, though it’s still unclear how significant the problem was or what has caused it.
Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.
Emails appeared to be sending and delivering as usual, and some users could still access Drive, even during the outage.
Google’s statement did not detail the cause of the problem but its initial acknowledgment of the issue at 1.53pm, in which it said users were reporting “error messages, high latency, and/or other unexpected behavior”.
On Twitter, American entrepreneur and former Googler Chris Sacca appeared to take the outage well, despite saying that his whole social and professional life is run through Gmail.
Globally, Gmail has more than 1 billion active users.
A similar outage occurred briefly in January, although it passed without much disruption in Australia as it struck in the evening.