In Pictures: The worst Cloud outages of 2013 (so far)

From Amazon to Dropbox and Microsoft to Google, we've seen some nasty Cloud outages in the first half of the year. Which company failed the worst?

Microsoft melts down, part two Date: Feb. 22, 2013

Duration: Over 12 hours

Failure: Microsoft's second February flub made the first look like a walk in the park. Early in the evening of Feb. 22, the company's Windows Azure cloud storage service went kaput, with all attempts at secure access timing out as unavailable.

In a likely related twist, other Microsoft services like Xbox Live, Xbox Music, and Xbox Video also started acting up, with users unable to access cloud-connected data or utilize any multimedia content tied to the products.

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