Azure, Microsoft’s gigantic cloud services infrastructure, is under heavy demand in countries or regions of the globe where containment or distancing measures have been taken.
Demand up more than 775% compared to a normal period. No, this is not a figure given by the toilet paper industry but by Microsoft about the activity of its titanic network of Azure servers. It covers the whole planet and runs all of its services, from the most professional to the general public and is, of course, under severe strain in these times of compulsory confinement.
The Virtual Desktop solution (three times more in demand than usual), Teams (communication), the Xbox Game Pass, Xbox Live or even Mixer (Twitch competitor) are among the applications in greatest demand today .
Because of this high attendance and for the entire infrastructure to hold up, Microsoft has dispatched teams of engineers specialized in its various data centers and is forced to act on the algorithms and software responsible for controlling bandwidths and their good distributions and distributions.
Xbox Live and Teams affected
Measures had already been taken by Microsoft last week but they are reinforced. For example, it’s no longer possible to upload a custom profile photo or custom wallpapers to Xbox Live. Players should be content with the icons and backgrounds offered by the service at the moment. What lighten the load in the pipes but, also, the work of moderators who check the compliance of everything that is loaded on MS servers.
Microsoft also claims to have agreed with its game studios that they only push updates “during peak off-season on the Web, depending on the region of the world”.
Among the other adjustments made in the multitude of Microsoft software, we note the drop in definition of videos in Teams or the disappearance of the little notification that told you that your correspondent was entering text in a window.