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Skype Recovers In Time For Christmas

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Skype has announced that its free Internet phone service has been stabilised after 48 hours of being offline. According to Skype CEO, Tony Bates, the organisation has “been able to successfully stabilise Skype due to the dedicated supernodes deployed by Skype’s engineering team” thus resulting in restoration roughly 90% of normal user volumes. While Audio, Video and Instant Messaging (IM) are running normally, a couple of other services, including offline IM and Group Video Calling, are not yet available.

Contrary to speculations, the outage is believed to have been caused by something other than a malicious attack. Whilst still under investigation, the problems appear to be technical issues associated with important parts of the Skype network such as, failure of supernodes which are used for routing traffic between users.

So far, Skype is working on restoring 100% services as soon as possible and provide a full analysis of the initial cause of the problem. Meanwhiles, all affected users can expect to receive a Pay As You Go and Pre-Pay users Skype Credit voucher by email. The voucher can be used to make approximately 30 minutes of free calling to landlines anywhere in the world. Active subscribers can also expect a week’s extra subscription credit, applicable from the next renewal date.

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  1. iPhone Application Development

    December 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I’m glad they fixed it at last! I got so upset when my Skype went offline and couldn’t restore. All my friends were frightened by this, too. I hope we’ll have no more problems with Skype, especially during the holidays.

  2. fantastic sams

    December 27, 2010 at 3:09 am

    I have noted no problem is skype. Everything is running in normal mode.

  3. Wholesale Suppliers

    December 28, 2010 at 6:54 am

    Thanks GOd! i thought it would take too long to fix this issue. I use it almost every day and i admire Skype a lot. They made communication really cheaper and easy.

  4. Computers Smart Phones Technology

    December 30, 2010 at 9:16 pm

    The offline did not affect me because I was not online for the 2 days. Thanks it is 90% restore. Lots of people we be disappointed for the 2 days Skype was offline.

  5. Rose

    June 24, 2013 at 11:47 am

    I think that gonna be more server down while getting more chats and video conversation on Christmas. I think its better to use the Google+ Hangout now.

    • Joseph Admin2

      June 25, 2013 at 12:55 pm

      I disagree. Skype should be big enough to get its house in order for any amount of web traffic.

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