Skype Outage Affects Millions Of Users Worldwide

What is this?

Microsoft-owned video service Skype had a worldwide outage Sept 21, 2015 affecting all of its users due to a bug leaving them unable to send a message or even log in to their Skype accounts.

According to Down Detector, which monitors the status of several services, the outage was most prevalent in the UK, Europe and Japan.

“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,” the service said on its status page.

Social-networking sites such as Twitter was also abuzz about Skype’s temporary shutdown.

Skype, which was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion (£5.5 billion) in 2011, has around 300 million users, making it one of the world’s most popular social networks.

 

Why is this important?

This goes to show how fundamental Internet is in the business industry. The temporary outage caused by Skype left a lot of users impaired with regards to communicating with their co-employees or even bosses to those who work remotely. Communication is key and when that is effected, everything goes down!

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