Google’s Gmail service was knocked offline in a severe power cut that the company said affected a “majority” of users.
It was not immediately clear what caused the disruption, which led Gmail users to get an “Unable to reach Gmail” error message as their computers tried repeatedly to reconnect to the service.
Google notified users in a posting on the company’s website that problems with Gmail surfaced on Monday, wiping out email to a “small subset” of users. Yesterday the company said a power cut affecting “a majority of users” had hit Gmail. Google did not say whether the outages were related.
Google said last night that it had fixed the problem.
Though occasional disruptions are common, widespread outages involving Google’s services are rare. They are becoming a bigger threat to Google as it tries to sell more of its services to businesses.