So, How did it end? Did it end?

Thursday, May 18th, 2017

The account is free, yes.

With the help of C’, a Microsoft Global Escalation Services representative – we were able to recover the account.

Microsoft requested details not only about the mentioned Microsoft account but about the Bizspark program associated with it, and after we supplied the full details, they have removed the account suspension.

We haven’t managed to understand why the account was suspended in the first place, nor did we managed to get MS to take a look at their ticketing system (which still shows tickets of other MS users). Investing a month in trying to get answers is more than enough. Let’s hope our tickets are not available to other MS users… let’s hope yours isn’t, as well.



Account finally free!

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

More details ahead.

Obviously this doesn’t work

Monday, April 10th, 2017

Why would it work? does anything automated at Microsoft works?

Another day, another call

Sunday, April 9th, 2017

Tzahi got a call today from Microsoft’s rep who apologized for the mix up with the support issues.

To be honest, I can’t blame him – when every single automated system is broken I can only assume their CS reps are drowning in work. I truly do not envy him.

After the call he sends an email with instructions on how to submit a password reset form – again, not the issue I reported, but I decide to play along in hopes that it somehow helps resolving the issue.

The way things are going so far, I’m starting to believe that by the end of it I’ll have a new password for my account, 500gb of storage on outlook and a date with Cortana – but still won’t be able to log in to MSDN because the account is suspended.

Not sure if #FAIL or trolling

Saturday, April 8th, 2017

I couldn’t stop laughing when I got this email from the guy at Microsoft Global Escalation team. I then called Tzahi at 10 past midnight just to laugh with him on the phone for another half an hour.

This whole story reaches new levels of absurd on a daily basis.

To which I replied

At this point I’m not sure if this is real or just a really elaborate prank.

Global Escalation Team is Real

Friday, April 7th, 2017

It only took 3 weeks, but I managed to talk to someone at Microsoft who actually has access to their support ticket system.

Not only that, but we also verified I can in fact receive emails from Microsoft support and that the previous problems were not caused by delivery failures on my end. (shocking, isn’t it?)

Let’s hope this saga is nearing an end.

Being rude is key

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

So apparently, if you want to get Microsoft Support attention on Twitter you need to be rude, obnoxious and use a HUGE FONT with RED BACKGROUND.


So once again, a promise that the support team will communicate.

Will they actually keep their promise and give Tzahi or me a freaking call for a change? We’ll see…

Stay tuned!

Your inbox is empty

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

It’s been over 24 hours since submitting my last support ticket and using a Yahoo email account for correspondence.

Want to guess what communication I go from Microsoft? Yes, none.

Even the spam folder is empty.

Fixing ticket response form for Microsoft

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

In case you’ve missed that, those of us who don’t have their account suspended and can actually access the support cannot reply to support tickets because the form is truncated above the submit button. This replicates on Windows 7/10 on all major browsers (yes, IE11 and Edge included!)

If you ever find yourself in need to reply to a support ticket (and have it ignored), Tzahi made a short video demonstrating how to fix the issue on IE11 (although it should be applicable to any browser, it’s just a rendering bug)


Still doesn’t belong here

Wednesday, April 5th, 2017

My account is still suspended. I have gotten zero communication from Microsoft – so far nothing is new.

Another thing that is not new is the fact Tzahi can still see personal information of other Microsoft users through the support ticketing system.

Maybe it’s time to email them and point out the fact their personal information is leaking from the support system – you know, the thing both me and Tzahi tried communicating to Microsoft for almost a week now through multiple messages and support tickets.

By the book, again

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Just for the sake of argument, I agree to open a new email account and try submitting a support ticket again.

Actually, that was not for the sake of argument – the only reason I agreed to it was because the support guy refused to offer any other solution…

Here we go AGAIN – lost track of how many of these tickets I’ve submitted already.

Stay tuned for updates…

Will the next call fare better?

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

The second person I talked to tried to convince me that the only way to resolve the unresponsiveness from Microsoft would be to send yet an additional ticket, but from a NEWLY created email address.

Also, just to reemphasize on that conversation – Microsoft support representatives do not have access to support tickets… what?!

Someone is listening, for a short while

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

After several attempts at the horrible call routing interface, I manage to speak to someone at support who actually sounds like he is willing to try and resolve this issue…

Only to have the call drop.

2nd Attempt at the corporate office

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Our 2nd try went even faster. some sort of a feed-back loop prevented the automated system to guide us to the right department.

First Attempt at calling MS corporate office

Tuesday, April 4th, 2017

Our first try at calling MS corporate office – was not successful. apperantly, you should not choose the windows option if you wish the call to continue. Is live

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

With no actual help by MS support, me and Tzahi have started sharing the website in social networks.

The website was shared on Twitter, Reddit and Hacker News. Funny thing is I wasn’t even the one to open the discussion on Reddit.

This discussion was the highest upvoted on the r/microsoft subreddit – wonder why.

Too bad it was removed shortly after – guess on r/microsoft it’s only ok to praise Microsoft and not point out things that need URGENT improvement.

To Be Continued Within Working Hours

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Check back in a few days for updates…

20 Cents Down The Drain

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

I cannot say it was a COMPLETE waste of 0.20€ in Skype credit. At least I now have a new lead to solving the curious case of the unresolved support tickets.

The Twitter Twist

Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

Another day, another closed support ticket without any communication. Tzahi decides to have another go at reaching out for Microsoft Support on Twitter.

To his surprise, Microsoft Support replied within a few minutes and with a response that is not totally out of context!

Could we be nearing the end of our journey? Keep reading to find out more!

Microsoft Wants to Hear

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Microsoft support can’t seem to answer one out of five support tickets, but at their very least their Tweeter bot is doing a good job at following up on contacts.

Being a nice person, Tzahi decided to let his voice be heard.

Is Customer Support Lying To You? Read To Find Out

Saturday, April 1st, 2017

Well, click baiting aside – the short answer is yes. At this point I can say with full confidence Microsoft customer support representatives flat out lie to you.

Got home from a short vacation and checked the status on the latest support ticket submitted to Microsoft – the one James ENSURED me will get a response.

Want to guess what the response was? Nothing – and the ticket was closed.

Do They Have a Phone Number?

Monday, March 27th, 2017

Martin: Ok, an attempt to call Microsoft support – take 2.

MS Support: Welcome to Microsoft. If you have a special access code, press 9, or, wait on the line for additional options.

If you are a home user, please press ‘1’.

Martin: (presses 1)

MS Support: Please choose one of the following options. If you are trying or can’t start your Microsoft program, please press ‘1’. If you need help with forgotten passwords for your Microsoft account or Windows Live Services such as, one drive or skype, press ‘2’. For technical support, for all Microsoft products, press ‘3’.  For support about subscriptions for Microsoft press …

Martin: (presses 3)

MS Support: Please choose your product. For all Windows versions, Explorer, Edge or viruses and malware, press ‘1’. For all Office Versions press ‘2’. For Microsoft hardware such as mouse and keyboard press ‘3’. Press ‘*’ to return to the menu.

Martin: Well here we have nothing… (presses *)

MS Support: Please choose one of the following options. If you are trying or can’t start your Microsoft program, please press ‘1’. If you need help with forgotten passwords for your Microsoft account or Windows Live Services such as, one drive or skype, press ‘2’. For technical support, for all Microsoft products, press ‘3’.  For support about subscriptions for Microsoft, payments or account management press ‘4’. If you wish to purchase a Microsoft product, or for pre-purchase questions, press ‘5’. Press ‘*’ to return to the menu, press ‘0’ for the previous menu.

Martin: (waiting to see if additional options will be given after no keypress)

MS Support: Sorry, I didn’t not recognize your choice. To transfer you to the right support channel you must choose one of the right support options. Please choose one of the following options. If you are trying or can’t start your Microsoft program, please press ‘1’. If you need help with forgotten passwords for your Microsoft account or Windows Live Services such as, one drive or skype, press ‘2’…

Martin: (presses 2)

MS Support: In case you had issues when trying to access your Microsoft account or forgotten your password press ‘1’. For support with, Skype or other windows live services press ‘2’.

Martin: (presses 2)

Call Drops.

Martin: (laughing) – Yes, option 2 drops the call…

I did not see that one coming.

Duh! They Have a Phone Number

Monday, March 27th, 2017

How did I not think of that before? I’ll just give Microsoft Support a call!

Martin: Ok, we are trying to call Microsoft Support

MS Support: Welcome to Microsoft Support, for support in Hebrew please press ‘1’ for support in English press…

Martin: (presses 1)

MS Support: Welcome to Microsoft. If you have (unidentified) press 9 now or wait in line for additional options.

Martin: The call on Skype is very choppy

MS Support: If you are a home user, please press ‘1’, if you are a business costumer please press ‘2’, if you are a Microsoft partner, please press ‘3’. Please press ‘*’ to return to this menu.

Martin: Are we a home costumer? (presses 1)

MS Support: Please choose one of the following options: If you are trying or can’t start your Microsoft application, press ‘1’. If you need help with forgotten passwords for your Microsoft account or Windows Live services such as, one drive and Skype, press ‘2’. For support for all Microsoft products press ‘3’.  For support for Microsoft subscriptions, Payments or account management press ‘4’. If you wish to purchase a Microsoft product, or for pre-purchase questions, press ‘5’.

Martin: Four? (presses 4)

MS Support: Please choose one of the following options: for subscriptions or canceling an account press ‘1’, for subscriptions, applications or questions about payments press ‘2’.  Press ‘*’ to return to the menu, press ‘0’ to return to previous menu.

Martin: (presses 2)

MS Support: Please choose one of the following options: if you are trying or can’t start your Microsoft program press ‘1’, if you need help with forgotten passwords for your Microsoft account or Windows Live services such as, one drive and Skype, press ‘2’, for support for all Microsoft produ…

Martin: (presses 2)

MS Support:  If you had problems while trying to access your Microsoft account or for a forgotten password, please press ‘1’. For help with …

Martin: (presses 1)

MS Support:  Because your security is important to us, support for forgotten passwords or problems while trying to access your account are given using a secured web page. Please go to I repeat –, thank you. Press ‘*’ to return to the menu.

Martin: Well, this has been the world fastest support call (hangs). And in case anyone missed that, Tzahi was laughing in the background while hearing this.

As if I did not see that one coming at this point.

Been There Before

Monday, March 27th, 2017

…and guess where the link from Microsoft Support’s tweet takes us?

Microsoft’s online support chat

I don’t even know how to comment on that conversation at this point…

Looks like we’re back to square one again – time to submit another support ticket and another tweet on Twitter.

Salvation is Near!

Monday, March 27th, 2017

It’s only day #2 into the tweet per day campaign and the unbelievable happens – we get a response from Microsoft.

The first response is dull and simply links to the knowledge base article we’ve visited on day #1 – but Tzahi keeps insisting – he points out that in addition to the fact my account is STILL “temporarily suspended”, his account STILL has access to other people’s support tickets which include full names, emails and phone numbers.

It seems that at least the people running Microsoft Support’s twitter page understand the severity of this issue and they instruct Tzahi to contact their “account specialists” as soon as possible!

Social Media Take 3

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

At this point Tzahi suggests a new MO – a daily tweet on Twitter until we finally get a response from Microsoft.

Support The Tech Support

Sunday, March 26th, 2017

4 days, zero communication from Microsoft’s side – good thing we’re persistent.

Seeing as both the Facebook and Twitter attempts were completely ignored, it’s time to try the online support representatives again!

The first lesson we learned today is that if you want to use Microsoft’s online support chat you should be using Internet Explorer, Edge or Firefox. Tzahi likes using Vivaldi for some odd reason – and when you use Vivaldi and possibly other Chromium based browsers, the chat history just disappear at random. That is why the following conversations were only partly documented.

Trying to reconnect…




Well, apparently Microsoft support is having some connectivity issues… but hey, at least we have another case number to add to the pile!

Let’s try that again:

Ooookay what?!

Microsoft is not willing to communicate by email to emails outside of their own and domains.

Also, the only way to escalate an issue is by filing a support ticket – which as proven before – simply gets ignored.

The bit missing from this conversation is the part where Tzahi is instructed on how to respond to a support ticket in Microsoft’s system –

There is only one small problem… where is the submit button on this form? And just to clarify, this is how the ticket reply form looks on the latest version of Microsoft Edge.

Social Media Take 2

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Maybe the fact my account has been “temporarily suspended” for several days does not warrant a quick intervention from Microsoft, but surely once they find out their users’ personal information is compromised they will pay attention and act to resolve the issue quickly.

At least that was the general train of thought when Tzahi decided to try and reach out to Microsoft on Twitter after failing to get any notice through their support system and Facebook.


Things Getting Weird

Saturday, March 25th, 2017

Surprise surprise, it’s been close to 24 hours again, and no communication from Microsoft on the support tickets submitted.

I decide to try and look the ticket status online, since this time everything was submitted through Tzahi’s account, and thankfully his account is not yet “temporarily suspended”.

Out of all the support tickets submitted using Tzahi’s account (supposedly 3 in total), only one shows up in the ticket tracking system.

The status on that ticket? CLOSED

The communication on it? NONE

But that’s not the most disturbing thing about this whole incident. So far it’s only REALLY REALLY BAD customer service experience.

The troubling bit is when other people’s support tickets, including sensitive personal information show up on Tzahi’s account in the support portal…

Online Support Attempt #1

Friday, March 24th, 2017

Quickly losing hope I will get any response to my support tickets submitted through the online forms, I decide to try and contact Microsoft support directly.

Fun fact – you can only request a support call for US and Canadian numbers (country code +1).

So after several attempts at reaching a live representative through their online help system, I finally get in contact with a support rep:

The only bit of information I was able to infer from that conversation is that my previous support tickets were indeed being ignored. Not clear on if I should submit a new ticket or not after this conversation, I decide to err on the side of safety and submit a new ticket just in case.

So just to recap – at this point it’s been several days, 2 ignored support tickets and supposedly 2 new support tickets. One of them is SURE to get a response at some point… right?

Please Notice Me Microsoft

Friday, March 24th, 2017

It’s been almost 24 hours since the second support ticket was submitted – this time following all the instructions to the letter – and still no word from Microsoft customer support. No communication what so ever – and at this point Microsoft has multiple email addresses and phone numbers they can use to reach me to resolve this issue.

I am pretty pissed off by now so I decide to go on Facebook and try and get Microsoft’s attention while venting off some steam.

Screencapture of Facebook Post

Ticket #2

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

At this point I blame myself for not following the Microsoft’s instructions to the letter.

Still, not a big deal. I ask Tzahi, my business partner to use his Microsoft Live account to file a support ticket regarding my account being suspended. The reason I did not get a response within the advertised 24 hours period MUST be because I used the suspended account to create the ticket. Or so I think…

Incident Report Incident

Thursday, March 23rd, 2017

Sure enough, 24 hours come and go and not a single word from Microsoft support regarding my account.

At this point I also realize my home PC is a ticking time bomb which can lock me out of all of my work software in an instant.

I decide to go online and check up on my support ticket at

Only problem with that is that since my account is “temporarily suspended” I can’t access the support ticketing system.

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Thankfully, Notepad++ is not tied to an online account system, so I can still get through the meeting with only slight inconvenience. At this point I do realize I need to do something to “fix the problems with my account”.

Being a nice user, I do as I’m told and log in to with my account.

I am greeted by the “Account Temporarily Suspended” message posted below. Not going to repost it, only what follows after you click continue in that window.

First thing that happens is that you are redirected to a support entry on temporarily suspended accounts. According to the instructions you need to create a temporary account to file a support ticket and customer support will get back to you within 24 hours.

There’s only one slight temporary problem with creating temporary acccounts:

Well, there’s obviously something wrong with the temporary account system, but maybe if I click the “Contact Support” link it will take me to the proper place I need to go to setup a support account so I can have my issue resolved.

…or not. You can happily submit your ticket with your suspended account even though it clearly states in the instructions you should use a different account.

Well, since the temporary account system doesn’t seem to work, I decide to file the ticket using my suspended account any way. I get a nice confirmation number for my ticket – sadly this screen is not documented since at this point I was still naive enough to believe the issue will be resolved with that single support ticket.

If anyone cares, the ticket number is 1379299794.

Something Went Wrong

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

I’m at a friend’s office. We’re discussing projects we’re working on so I take out my laptop to show him my latest work – and that’s when something goes very wrong…

Visual Studio license stale notification splash

The Visual Studio license has gone stale. That much makes sense, the laptop is mostly plugged to the TV in the living room and serves as a media hub. I only use it for work when I’m traveling so it makes sense Visual Studio was not launched on it for several weeks.

I’ll just re-enter my account credentials and get a fresh license for Visual Studio and be on my merry way…

The disinformative windows greeting you when you try to login to your Microsoft account through Visual Studio

…or not. That’s the page I am greeted with after I log in to my account through Visual Studio. Needless to say, once I dismiss this window Visual Studio shuts itself down.

Fix Your Account

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

I am not yet aware my account has been suspended by Microsoft. The first hint appear in the form of a toast notification popping up every time I log in to Windows on my desktop.

At this point I happily ignore the message and keep going on my daily business.

Toast notification claiming there is something wrong with the account

Your account has been

Monday, March 20th, 2017

Account suspended message