Skype outage: Skype Offline
Published: September 22, 2015
Skype outage: Skype Offline, Skype users around the world have been left unable to make calls with service after a glitch made everyone appear as if they were offline.
Microsoft, which owns Skype, said the technical problem means users signed into are unable to change their status and all contacts showed as offline even if they were online.
This means users are unable to initiate calls to each other.
We are working to fix an issue which is preventing some users from logging in & using Skype. We apologize for any inconvenience.
– Skype (@Skype) September 21, 2015
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.
The error seems to occur if you send the characters http://: or receive a message containing those characters.
The characters could be accidentally entered into a message if you’re manually typing out a URL or have made an error in copy-and-paste.
The bug effected Windows, Android, and iOS, but doesn’t seem to have any impact on Skype for Mac or Skype for modern Windows.
Skype has now created a fix for the issue. It first filtered out messages including that string from being sent in the first place.
The problems began worldwide at around 4.15 am ET (9.15 am GMT) and are ongoing.
‘We have identified the network issue which prevented users from logging in and using Skype today,’ the company said in its latest update.
‘We’re in the process of reconnecting our users, and focused on restoring full service. The issue did not affect Skype for Business users.’
Messages to group chats were also not being delivered in some cases while those attempting to sign in were also hit with problems.
The fault has prompted a barrage of complaints on social media from irate users of the service.
In a statement, Skype said it was working to fix the issue and restore the ability to make calls. It also insisted that the glitch had not affected business users of the service.
A blog post said: ‘We have detected an issue that is affecting Skype in a number of ways.
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..
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