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Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Skype Crashes And The World Goes Nuts

Today Skype crashed and the world, including me, went nuts. Businesses didn't get work done as they couldn't get together with their suppliers, customers, business partners or colleagues. 

The Facebook community that relies heavily on Skype to talk to friends and family are posting all over the site venting their frustration. 

According to Skype the problem is wide spread and here is their official statement from their site : 

Skype downtime today

Earlier today, we noticed that the number of people online on Skype was falling, which wasn’t typical or expected, so we began to investigate.

Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call ‘supernodes’ – they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can’t find them immediately (for example, because they’re connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.

Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available. Unfortunately, today, many of them were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. As Skype relies on being able to maintain contact with supernodes, it may appear offline for some of you.

What are we doing to help? Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal. This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations. Some features, like group video calling, may take longer to return to normal.
Enterprise products including Skype Connect and Skype Manager continue to function normally.
Customers using the enterprise version of Skype for Windows may still experience delays signing in.

Stay tuned to @skype on Twitter for the latest updates on the situation – and many thanks for your continued patience in the meantime.

So there you have it thats why it is so quiet today. So if you want to chat with you friends you will have to use your instant messenger from Yahoo, AOL of even Facebook's Chat. You do remember them right LOL.

1 comment:

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