Error message indicates that the Azure-hosted sites are experiencing a DNS disruption.
A handful of Microsoft's online services, including Xbox.com, appear are experiencing an outage Thursday afternoon.
Twitter users also report being unable to access Outlook.com and Office365.com, other online services also hosted by Microsoft's Azure cloud computing service. Error messages generated during attempts to visit the sites indicate it might be a DNS issue.
Microsoft's Windows Azure Services Dashboard indicates there is an issue affecting some Azure storage services, noted by a symbol that they are experiencing "Performance Degradation."
CNET has contacted Microsoft for more information and will update this report when we learn more.