Skype is reporting issues in Japan, Europe, USA and Australia. DownDetector claims that at 4:23 a.m. EDT on the 21.09, posts on social media websites have surfaced related to the fact that Skype is not available.
Even on the Heartbeat website, Skype Company issued the following statement: “Some of you may experience problems with Skype presence and may not see online. We have detected an issue with the status settings of Skype. Affected users will not be able to change their status, their contacts will all show as offline and they will be unable to start Skype calls to them.”
So if you live in the above mentioned places and if you’ve tried to use the video call service, then you must have been greeted with this message: “We’re a bit overloaded right now… Please try again later, or download Skype to use it anytime.”
So, apparently the voice and calls might be off limits, however you can still opt for the IM service part of the app because this according to the company is not experiencing problems.
Also Skype for web is in the clear since it is still in the beta variant. The company is working on solving this issue as they also “hope to have an update for you soon. Please accept our apologies for any inconvenience caused while we get this resolved,” the company concluded. The company’s Twitter account also corroborated the issue that the service has to deal with.
Skype, an IM app that was purchased for the price of $.85 billion was only confronted with two such major blackouts. There was the December one (2007) that was a 2 day outage and the one in 2010 that lasted 24 hours. Skype is a very important service for international calls and more and because it dominates 40% of this market, such a blackout carries a lot of weight for the company.