Google Hangouts, Talk, Sheets all crash on Monday

Services go down this morning; now back up for 'some' users, Google reports

Don't panic, Google's Talk and Hangouts services crashed this morning, but now appear to be returning for more and more users.

Those still without one or more of the services have been complaining about their inability to connect with colleagues on a busy -- and for some, snowy, Monday.

A little after noon ET today, Google's Apps Status Dashboard page reported that its engineers were investigating the issues with Google Talk services.

By 2:15 p.m., Google noted that the Talk and Google+ Hangouts services had been restored for some users and that engineers are trying to bring it back online for everyone.

The Google Sheets spreadsheet app has been fully restored, Google said.

It's not yet clear how many users have been affected by the outages.

As usual, when users are unhappy, they take to Twitter to vent.

"So, since Hangouts is broken, can we call G+ "Google-?" asked @winocm.

Sharon Gaudin covers the Internet and Web 2.0, emerging technologies, and desktop and laptop chips for Computerworld. Follow Sharon on Twitter at @sgaudin, on Google+ or subscribe to Sharon's RSS feed. Her email address is

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