That's Skype, the P2P network
Or, it was...
Microsoft-owned video chat service Skype has 'fessed up to a major outage affecting its customers, promising it is "working on a quick fix" to the problem. The problem appeared to start just after 9am BST. In a statement the company said: We have detected an issue with the status settings of Skype. Affected users will not be …
I use QQ now on Windows, I'm more comfortable being spied on by China than NSA and GCHQ as I'm not Chinese. Sadly doesn't work on Linux (ironically Skype works better on Linux than Windows!). There is always email and IRC if it's just text chat rather than voice or video. QQ video has better features too.
>"(mostly because of the legal intercept limitations in a P2P environment)"
Did you REALLY, SERIOUSLY mean to imply that the greater relative difficulty of ILLEGAL interception bore ABSOLUTELY NO weight in the decision for NSAFT to buy and "re-implement" Skype with the P2P architecture and cryptography both conspicuously subverted?
>"(mostly because of the intercept limitations in a P2P environment)"
There... FTFY O:)
>> So instant messaging NOT being delivered... <<
When it first fell over, I thought the same.
I can't apparently log on either. I can't see the status of my contacts - they all show as offline. However, I can double click the contact and IM as normal, despite this.
A colleague and I just tried Skype Web and it failed to connect a voice call.
That may be due to Mac/PC reasons rather than Skype reasons though.
(NB You can't even try to make calls from Chrome on Mac, you have to use Safari. I never tried it before to know if it should work or not.)
Someone is getting fired over this!
Not just you.
But be grateful El Reg is not asking punters for personalised stories, "email us if you were there", and "tell us how gutted you were so our readers can empathise and experience by proxy because we do not have any reporters there and even if we did their editorials are pathetic" a la Auntie Beeb.
And the other screenshots are of tw...that would sound too sexist, when I'm trying to point out the sexism as well as agreeing with the lack of originality--the sexism will bring the clicks, we males have been conditioned to do some of our 'thinking'--never mind. The point is made, or I should be shot. Probably both.
Maybe some n00b engineer decided to run software updates on a critical server, borking something in the process. Or it could be some spammah/pornbot throwing a hissy fit because I've told her off because of her small titties....
We use a Polycom video conferencing system. Many times I wished to kick it out, and installing Skype instead of that.
Now I'm glad I didn't...
Skype services still offline in South Africa. Not going to break my head about that. They'll sort it out in due course.
After one of the latest updates I found my all of my address book numbers in Skype.
It turned out it was a new option added in the mobile version, and turned on by default.
Nadella's Microsoft has done a nasty turn, and it's getting worse than it was before. But I'm sure the "freeeee stuuuuf" will blind people like Google did before.
So basically there is nothing that Microsoft can do that would make you happy. If they charged for everything they would be greedy pigs and if they give stuff away they are greedy pigs. Guess you must be waiting for a non-profit company to come to your rescue.
No, it may just not be convenient if your alter ego is Fisting Bondage Master from Acton and damn Skype wants to add your family, friends, and business contacts.
Fucking Microsoft can change the settings 'cos they think it is what people want, seeming to ignore fact those users have a brain, and can add whomsoever they choose, without someone in the app development team choosing for them, with no "skip" option.
As of now, Skype login takes multiple attempts, and it works once in a blue moon, only long enough to disconnect itself after a few seconds, enough to get the outstanding messages in IM conversations (are you there? and such) updated.
I'd say that being able to log into the service, while technically a "status change" is way more serious than it sounds from Skype's statement.
Good chance for Hangouts I guess, which has worked nicely so far. Perhaps it would be enough to convince management of switching. We're already on company paid Google accounts after all.
The statement that Skype for web is unaffected is bullshit - here is what my attempt to web connect is telling me ... "Oops, something went wrong... We're having technical problems. We're sorry for the inconvenience. Please try again after a few minutes." That was four hours ago and still counting.
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