Jan. 4 (UPI) — The favored messaging app Slack, closely utilized by distant staff, was hit with a service outage Monday as workers reported to work for the primary time in 2021.

“Prospects could have bother loading channels or connecting to Slack presently,” the app’s managers wrote in a message to customers 10:15 a.m. EST.

Ninety minutes later the service was nonetheless down through the first main workday of the brand new yr.

“We’re nonetheless all fingers on deck and persevering with to dig in on our facet,” the corporate instructed customers.

The Downdector web site fielded 15,000 studies of Slack going offline at 10 a.m.

The messaging app, made by San Francisco-based Slack Applied sciences Inc., has emerged as an vital office software through the COVID-19 pandemic as hundreds of thousands of workers are pressured to make money working from home.

The corporate was bought final yr by Salesforce.com Inc. for practically $28 billion. Since then, its inventory has jumped by 80% as a result of upsurge in work-from-home instruments.

Its outage produced bemused feedback from social media customers, a few of whom appeared anxious to increase the vacation weekend.

“If Slack is down for 15 minutes, the workday is canceled. I do not make the foundations,” wrote Twitter person Chris Albon.

“Slack being down on the morning all of us return to work appears like 2021 promising will probably be a bit kinder to us all,” tweeted Jarett Wieselman.