Google’s G Suite productivity products and services experienced a 4-hour globally outage on Thursday afternoon.

The troubles started at about 3.30pm and initially impacted only Gmail and Google Drive.

However, it before long grew to become clear that the troubles ended up deeper than to start with considered, as other products and services which include Docs, Slides, Web sites, Teams, Chat, Fulfill, Hold and Voice progressively joined the casualty record.

Google characterised the difficulty as “Gmail sending problems, Fulfill recording problems, creating data files problems in Drive, CSV consumer add problems in Admin Console, publishing information problems in Google Chat, Web sites including new internet pages problems, Hold problems, [and] voicemail issues”.

It did not say what the root lead to was, but mentioned at seven.40pm – some 4 hours right after the outages started – that resolution was starting to come about “for some users”.

“We be expecting a resolution for all buyers in the around foreseeable future,” it mentioned, although it extra the time body was “an estimate and may well transform.”