Microsoft internet call service Skype down worldwide for hours, blames …

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Microsoft internet call service Skype down worldwide for hours, blames unspecified network fault.

INTERNET calls across the world had major hang ups for at least 11 hours overnight as the globe’s best known internet voice service was felled by a network error. Skype, Microsoft Corporation’s online telephone and video service, said on Monday that some users are unable to make calls because their settings show that they and their contacts are offline, even when they are logged in. And while the Microsoft-owned service claimed Skype calls were “fully restored” just before 10am this morning, complaints continued to stream into its Twitter feed. The latest glitch comes just four months after software engineers discovered a simple eight character code has the ability to crash Skype, and cause it to keep crashing, until you install a new version of the app. Skype, which delivered voice calls equal to 40 per cent of the international telephone call volume last year, first recognised its network issue just after 9pm last night, saying the issue prevented “some users from logging in and using Skype”.

Source: Dado Ruvic/Reuters Microsoft confirmed its internet-calling, video and text service Skype suffered an outage Monday, affecting multiple users of the popular messaging app. Skype, which boasted more than 4.9 million daily active users last year, was bought by Microsoft for $8.5 billion in 2011, though it now faces increasing competition. In a post on its “heartbeat” website-used to monitor how Skype products are performing-Skype said users are experiencing several technical issues, including problems with logging in, calling, changing status, contact-list management and updating forum pages.

Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, Viber, Tango, and Google Hangouts all provide free voice calling over the internet, with many Skype users reporting they transferred their business to new services while the service languished overnight. As per Downdetector.com, which checks for service outages and interruptions, Skype is still down and users from Romania, Egypt, Norway, India, Canada, New Zealand are reporting about the outage. As a result, you won’t be able to start Skype calls to them.. ‘We’re doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon.

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