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What do Xbox Live problems say about Microsoft's back-end infrastructure?

Mary Jo Foley of ZDnet.com writes, "Whether you think the recently proposed class action lawsuit over Xbox Live service holiday outages is crazy or justified, there are undeniable problems with Microsoft's back-end Live infrastructure that Microsoft needs to address."

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Lord Anubis3297d ago

when you are paying for a service it becomes a problem. A single game is not going to be sufficient perhaps a month free/extra to compensate for all those days when people couldn't play.

TOM3297d ago

Does your cell phone company pay you for droped calls and down time? No

Does your cable company? No

How bout your ISP? No

How bout the phone company? No

A free game to say thank you means a lot to me.DOesnt matter the game,its the thought.Same for EA,when rock band burned me I didnt get pissed in any way.Why,because they work fast at fixing it.

Lord Anubis3297d ago (Edited 3297d ago )

Cellphone company I haven't had much problems, I'm in Silicon Valley so the only problem I had was honoring my contract which Sprint didn't want to do but I got out free of charge.

Cable company, yes I've gotten months free.

and since my ISP is controlled by Comcast my cable company I've gotten months free when they were moving to Fiber optics.
Even in the 56k era AOL would give a month free when you called them several times in a months and 3 free months when you wanted to cancel your subscription.

Phone company, I don't have one but i were paying for a service they are expected to compensate for their shortcomings.

Microsoft needs to give months free as they should.

WilliamRLBaker3297d ago

something like 1-2 million people signed up within what 3 weeks? no one can predict that and they we're caught unprepared last i checked other companies we're caught unprepared too when alot of people logged onto play one game.

hfaze3297d ago

Let's see... Microsoft knew that they had shipped enough 360's to have a holiday blitz like this, and they're still caught with their pants down when all of the traffic hits...

General rule of thumb... You ship that many units into the retail chains, you plan for every single one of them hitting the network and prepare accordingly...

Or it could just be yet another example of Microsoft software not scaling up very well... ;-)

power of Green 3297d ago

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Sayai jin3297d ago

Hmmm. Problems. Let's see I have had XBL for more than 5 years and besides the little bit of down time I had for the holidays (4 hourse for me) Xbox Live has added hundreds of continued excitement and fun for me and my family. Obviously, there have been people that has had some down time. This is unfortunate. You know the cable company does not give you any added bonus when the cable goes out. Anyways, MS put out some top hits this year, especially Halo 3 (well as far as nline gaming). I think they ever estimated that this many people would buy a 360 and sign for XBL. MS stated in a note that they met their XBL fiscal goal 6 months early. There were 7 million plus people just playing Halo 3 on XBL the other night. It would have been nice if they anticipated this and made sure there servers and infrastructure was ready for this, but they did not. I think something simliar happend when Gears of War was released. I think the game increased XBL account by 40% and they had some XBL issues for a couple of days.

XBL is a very strong online service, argubaly the best, but MS needs to fix any problems with there online service. Once they fix it they should make sure it does not happen again, but they also need to take the surge of accounts as a compliment...

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