Over the past week, a number of web outages have plagued some of the most popular services on the web. Now we can add one more to the laundry list of downed services: Skype.
Skype, the internet video calling service, is currently unavailable to people in many countries across the world. The bug has made it impossible for many users to reach their contacts. Users complained that they were appearing “offline” even when they were connected to the Internet, meaning the service would not allow them to message others or make calls.
“We have detected an issue that is affecting Skype in a number of ways,” said a Skype spokesperson in a statement. “If you’re signed in to Skype, you will not be able to change your status and your contacts will all show as offline even if they are online. As a result, you won’t be able to start Skype calls to them.”
“A small number of messages to group chats are not being delivered, but in most cases you can still instant message your contacts,” the spokesperson added. “We’re doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon. Thank you for your patience as we work to get this incident resolved.”
The web version of Skype is still up and running.
Skype has about 300 million users, which makes it one of the biggest social networks in the world. We’ll keep you posted as the story progresses. You can also check this website to see how long Skype’s outage problem persists.