Google's Gmail service, which provides e-mail for around 450 million people, went offline Friday around 11:04 a.m. PT. Service began to return for many Gmail users 25 minutes later, while full service was restored this afternoon.
A Google spokesperson said that the company is looking into the outage.
Google quickly updated its apps status dashboard to reflect that Gmail was down. Officially, the company flagged the outage as a "service disruption," and not a "service outage," although that's probably little consolation to people who weren't able to access their Gmail. Google … Read more