Popular voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) service Skype appears to be down for millions of users since morning and as always Twitter and Facebook is all buzzing with it. Although different users are reporting different problems with the service, some are not able to login to the client whereas others have dropped calls. ReadWriteWeb.com just said “We have watched the numbers of users online drop over the past half hour from more than 21 million online to a current low of 12.5 million. That’s around 8 million people that just dropped off the service”
Skype Official Account is actively working on this issue as they posted the following on their twitter account.
Some of you may have problems signing in to Skype – we’re investigating, and we’re sorry for the disruption to your conversations
So folks if you want to talk to your family or friends at this Christmas time, don’t just wait for Skype to recover instead just pick up your old phone or start your messengers and talk to them.
Update (13:08 EST): Skype Said : “Our engineers and site operations team are working non-stop to get things back to normal – thanks for your continued patience”
Update (14:10 EST): Official Skype Statement: Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal. This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations. Some features, like group video calling, may take longer to return to normal.
Update (18:01 EST): Skype has posted a blog post mentioning skype is now returning to normal but it might take some time before it gets normal for all the users.
Update (Dec 23 – 12:01 EST): Skype CEO Tony Bates said to Gigaom: 16.5 million of 25 million concurrent users are back online, Users in Europe and on the U.S. East Coast are fully restored., he also added that Skype will compensate users.