back to article Hello? HELLO? Major Skype outage hits folk WORLDWIDE

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 …

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That's Skype, the P2P network

Or, it was...

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

_WAS_. Long ago. The architecture has stopped being true P2P for a while now (mostly because of the legal intercept limitations in a P2P environment).

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Funny that, I actually stopped using skype due to it being p2p, when my home computer was selected as supernode and ate through my bandwidth and volume in no time.

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Maybe they haven't migrated it all to Azure yet and it still uses AWS?

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Maybe they have :-D

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

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.

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@Mage Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

"Sadly doesn't work on Linux ..."

Is that the Linux version of QQ doesn't work, or the Windows version doesn't run in WINE, or .... ?

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Pidgin has a QQ plugin

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

>"(mostly because of the legal intercept limitations in a P2P environment)"

"legal"? WTF?

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:)

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Re: That's Skype, the P2P network

Using Win 10? Unless you've changed Update Settings you're on a TOR there and I just don't comprehend the idea of a network whose security can't be breached. Especially (pardon me, but I am a skeptic) when it's Micro-Cephalic. Soft. Soft. I mean SOFT.

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It's down in France too.

I was beginning to think something serious was happening as Skype has spent all morning offline and trying to connect. Just glad Microsoft haven't "retired" Skype for Linux, which was my main concern.

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Unable to sign in here

So instant messaging NOT being delivered...

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Re: Unable to sign in here

>> 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.

HTH

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Re: Unable to sign in here

I was able to send instant messages between my personal account on my phone and my work account even though neither were logged in.

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No voice calls with Skype Web

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!

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Canada: bed thoroughly shat in over here as well - unable to log in

"engineers regard any system that’s actually working as a temporary anomaly"

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Re: Canada: bed thoroughly shat in over here as well - unable to log in

"RTFM, you idiot!"

"I can't read, there is no manual and I don't comprehend the other part! I'm a janitor, damn it!"

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It is just me...

... or this trend of "enhancing" news with screenshots of twits is getting really annoying?

Twitpics or it didn't happen?

Then again I *am* old.

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Re: It is just me...

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.

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Re: It is just me...

Fascinating that someone was on it watching "their parents giving birth" though. Not something I'd be keen on sharing with earlier progeny, but I guess the world is made up of lots of different people.

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Re: It is just me...

Not sure about annoying but posting ones complaining of someone's inability to use a webcam for reasons Freud would write entire textbooks on certainly slowed my scrolling.

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Re: It is just me...

Giving birth is probably better than 'shitting a brick'.

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Re: It is just me...

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.

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Just checked from Denmark (the country in northern Europe)

...and it is down here too.

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Re: Just checked from Denmark (the country in northern Europe)

Same thing across the Sound (i.e. southern Sweden) since 9 or 10 this morning.

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News from the front, I had to email a funny picture instead of bunging it in Skype.. the horror.

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I offer reasonably priced consulting to help you cope with this ordeal.

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Even worse some people have even had to use their phones to make phone calls.

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But, but, but... Skype doesn't work on my phone either!

....what? You mean I can make calls without Skype too on this thing?!? Huh... who knew...

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App?

Wait - there's an app for making a call. Where did you get that from?

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My god, think if someone were forced to use a dial phone!!!!

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Forcing you to use the new Skype in the Edge browser - very suttle Microsoft

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huh?

Web Skype works for me in firefox... not sure why anyone would want to fire up Edge just because Skype for Desktop is scuppered...

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A temporary boon for Facebook Messenger and the like...

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If its any consolation, Bitchat and Bleep aren't "down".

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"Bitchat"

Is that "Bitch At" or "Bit Chat"?

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Did the cleaner unplug the wrong plug again?

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Or they had some serious legacy hardware which they did not (or could not) replace in time, and now something borked...

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Down in Spain

Down here in Spain.

Nothing was posted on their status page earlier this morning when I looked

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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.

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NSA upgrade... like last time

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They upgraded it to Homeland Security, actually...

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Repeat after me

The Cloud is magical. The Cloud solves all your problems. The Cloud is always with you. The Cloud is always reliable.

At least that's the drivel Cloud apologists wish us to believe.

But they never have to contend with reality.

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Re: Repeat after me

Clearly services that aren't cloud based never go down, which makes them so much better.

If all the services I use were as reliable as Skype has been over the years I've used it, I'd be pretty pleased.

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Well deserved, since some idiot decided to scoop my adress book from Skype

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.

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Re: Well deserved, since some idiot decided to scoop my adress book from Skype

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.

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Re: Well deserved, since some idiot decided to scoop my adress book from Skype

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.

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"change status" means from disconnected to connected

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.

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Re: "change status" means from disconnected to connected

Perhaps the 'Sky'pe has been 'Obscured By Clouds'?

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Skype for web also out

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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