Google Drive Goes Down, Halting Productivity for Many Users
Google (NASDAQ: GOOG) Drive, the cloud-based service that encompasses a number of office programs (such as Google Docs), is experiencing severe issues Wednesday morning.
It is unclear how many users are affected, but Benzinga employees have been unable to access some of their files today.
Many users have turned to Twitter to complain about the unexpected outage.
"Google Drive is down at the precise moment that I need a critical piece of business information stored there," Mike Dudas, a former Google employee, tweeted today. "Happens far too often."
"Google Drive just teasing me now, showing me my documents but not letting me actually open them," Tom Krazit, news editor at GigaOM, tweeted as well.
UPDATE: As of 9:37 a.m. EDT, Google Drive appears to be up and running again.
UPDATE 2: Google provided Benzinga with the following statement:
"We are currently investigating issues with Gmail, Drive and Docs as well as the Google Apps Control Panel. We are providing more information and frequent updates through our Google Apps Status Dashboard, which you can find here.
"We will post the root cause of the issue there when our teams have completed their investigation. In the meantime, for everyone who is affected, we apologize - we know you count on Google to work for you and we're working hard to restore normal operation for you."
Louis Bedigian is the Senior Tech Analyst and Features Writer of Benzinga. You can reach him at 248-636-1322 or louis(at)benzingapro(dot)com. Follow him @LouisBedigianBZ
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