Yahoo Mail, with its more 250 million users worldwide, wasn’t working for many of them on 7/31/2012.

The company hadn’t disclosed any details about how many customers were hit by the outage, what the cause is, and how long the problem will last. Spokesman Jason Khoury said the outage affected a “small subset of customers.” Their statement:

“Yahoo mail is currently inaccessible to some users. We are working to correct the issue and restore all functionality immediately. We know that this may have caused some inconvenience and we apologize to our users who might be affected.

How To Check If Yahoo Mail Is Down

Yahoo does not have a public service status page but there is a Web site called that can be used to check if Yahoo Mail is down. To use it, go to the shortened URL, and enter “” into the box and hit Enter on your keyboard.

How to Check if Gmail Is Down

According to CNet, Google provides a comprehensive service status page that not only shows the status of Gmail, but other Google Apps services as well. To check Gmail’s status, go to

Google Apps Status page

Google Apps Status Dashboard Screenshot by Ed Rhee of CNet

How to Check if Hotmail is Down
The Windows Live service status page shows the status of Hotmail, as well as Messenger, SkyDrive, and others. To check Hotmail’s status, go to

Windows Live service status

Windows Live Service Status page credit: Screenshot by Ed Rhee of CNet