Google Calendar down for 'majority of users'

Users depending on Google Calendar have a good excuse for missing meetings Thursday morning, as company scrambles to fix widespread outage.

Google Apps Status Dashboard
Google's Apps Status Dashboard tells the tale of a Google Calendar outage Thursday morning. Screenshot by Tom Krazit/CNET

Google Calendar went down Thursday for the second time in three days, as Google investigates what went wrong this time.

Mashable noted the update posted at 8:30 a.m. PDT to Google's Apps Status Dashboard: "We're aware of a problem with Google Calendar affecting a majority of users. The affected users are unable to access Google Calendar." Google originally hoped to update users by 9 a.m. PDT, but pushed the deadline back to 9:30 a.m.

According to the Apps Status Dashboard, Google Calendar was also down on Tuesday for an extended period of time. "An unusually large number of calendar synchronization requests from Android put Google Calendar into auto-failover mode, resulting in increased network traffic that caused affected users' calendars to perform poorly or appear unavailable. No data was lost," Google said in a report detailing the outage.

We'll update this post as more information becomes available.

Update 10:11 a.m. PDT: Google says the problem should be resolved for all users, but didn't provide any details on what happened. "We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better."

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