Skype Outage

Currently, millions of Skype users worldwide are disconnected. The Internet voice over IP phone and video calling service–which boasts over 220 million users–is experiencing outages around the world.

In the U.S. service has been disrupted with callers unable to log into the Skype service. This is a serious issue for many small businesses who rely on the service and will doubtless hurt the eBay-owned company's credibility. Compounding the problem, Skype has done little to address user concerns, offering only this terse and uninformative note on its website:

"Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it’s a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Additionally, downloads of Skype have been temporarily disabled. We will make downloads available again as quickly as possible."

24 hours? Uh oh.

Incidentally, we recommend NOT leaving the Skype client open. It's wiser to shut it down for now and wait until we hear service is back up and running.

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About jquain

Technology reporter, writer, and television correspondent, JQ has been covering the computer, communications, and consumer electronics industries for more than 25 years.A contributor to The New York Times, Popular Mechanics, PC Magazine, U.S. News & World Report and many other publications, JQ appears on CBS News television program Up to the Minute and on Fox Business.
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