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More Skype outage coverage... (cue "It's the End of the World As We Know It!")

Skype... disrupted. Skype login possibly down for 12-24 hours...

imageAs a Skype user, I was a bit surprised when, after restarting my computer today (due to a crash when I was trying SecondLife with voice, but that's another story), the Skype icon just kept on spinning and spinning saying "Connecting".  And then it would be online... and then it wasn't... and then it was... and then it wasn't....

My first sign that it was something larger than my (sometimes flaky) laptop was a Facebook status update by Jim Courtney saying that Skype might have an outage for 12-24 hours.  About the same time I saw a tweet from Chris Brogan.  The "social networking information sharing network" was hard at work...

A trip to Skype's "Heartbeat" page showed the problem:



Nicely, though, Skype staff have posted a status update on their heartbeat page:

UPDATED 14:02 GMT: Some of you may be having problems logging into Skype. Our engineering team has determined that it’s a software issue. We expect this to be resolved within 12 to 24 hours. Meanwhile, you can simply leave your Skype client running and as soon as the issue is resolved, you will be logged in. We apologize for the inconvenience.

So sometime within the next while it will be back up.  It will be curious to see if anyone at Skype will provide technical explanations of what happened.  I note from another status update that they performed some planned maintenance last night.  Perhaps something did not work quite right?

In any event, I would think Skype will need to offer some post-resolution reassurance to all those businesses they are so eagerly courting...

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