Outlook 2013 not syncing contacts with outlook.com

For a few years, I have been syncing my Outlook contacts and calendar via a Microsoft Account with no problems.  Am currently running Outlook 2013.  When trying to access my contacts in Outlook 2013 from my desktop computer (Windows 8.1), i first see no contacts, then see the syncing starting and many contacts appearing but not all.  My Windows Phone (7.5) also is experiencing syncing issues and shows an error 86000106.  Futhermore, my tablet computer (Windows 8.1) and Outlook 2013 started the same problem today.  So, I know this is a Microsoft server issue, not something on my devices.  Am interested in knowing if others are having the same experience.
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Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
I saw someone else mentioning a similar issue yday, seem like it's on MS side indeed. I'll see if I can ping someone on the Outlook team later today to get more info on this. No promises for solution though :)
bbaumbergerConsultantAuthor Commented:
Last night at around 9:00 p.m. CST, I checked all my devices that sync with my Microsoft account (Outlook.com) and all was well - no change needed at my end, so Microsoft definitely had a server issue that lasted at least 12 hours on 3/26/2015.  A few hours before the end of the disruption, I noticed that my Outlook 2013 server connection was showing disconnect status at the bottom of my Outlook screen.  I could reactivate the connection by turning on Work Offline, then turning it off.  I read another problem solving thread that reflected the fact that many people have experienced Microsoft server connection issues in the Outlook environment.  It would be really helpful if Microsoft would communicate outages in some manner to avoid the frustration caused by their outages.  I'll  be interested in what Vasil learns from the Outlook team.  Thanks!
Vasil Michev (MVP)Commented:
Sorry, havent gotten any response. Seems it was a temporary interruption, these things happen in the cloud as well :)

You can check the status here next time: https://status.live.com/detail/newmail

Not that it's always accurate...

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bbaumbergerConsultantAuthor Commented:
I am pleased to know that Microsoft has a website that may be used to check the status of outlook.com and to also report problems.  Just what we need!  Thanks to all for contributing to the solution of this problem report.
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