Skype’s outage is the latest high-profile one on the web


LUXEMBOURG CITY, LUXEMBOURG- Skype Technologies (NASDAQ: MSFT) Microsoft’s division faces a bug that prevents users from being seen online, thus being unable to make any voice or video calls.

Skype is one of the most popular social networks, having roughly 300 million users and was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011. Now, a severe outage of this major social network was enough to remind to all internet users across the globe how precious and fragile the strings that connect us to the internet can be.

In more details, Skype recently reported a bug that prevents users from being seen online on their status, thus being unable to make any voice or video calls. The service said it was working on a fix.

Down Detector, a company that monitors the status of several services, claims that the outage is most prevalent in the UK, Europe and Japan.

“Some of you may experience problems with Skype presence and may not see online. We have detected an issue with the status settings of Skype. Affected users will not be able to change their status, their contacts will all show as offline and they will be unable to start Skype calls to them. We’re working on a fix for this issue and hope to have an update for you soon.”, said the service on its status page.

Adding, “Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused while we get this resolved.” However, the web version seems to be functioning normally according to Skype.

The news came after “The Next Web” reported that an Amazon Web Services location in Virginia broke down making some of the world’s most popular and crowded services, including Netflix, AirBnB and Viber to go down. The outage is fixed for the most part, while Skype promised to fix the bug as soon as possible.

For most users around the world, things might have been a bit frustrating these last few hours, but on the brightside, this is a perfect opportunity video call providers who crave for some extra credibility and traffic for their apps and services.

Source: Engadget

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