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Skype outage attributed to Windows updates

updated 03:45 pm EDT, Mon August 20, 2007

Skype outage via Windows

A recent, two-day outage of the Skype VoIP service -- coming shortly after the launches of new Mac and PC versions -- has been blamed on a coincidental timing with Microsoft's Windows Update, writes the Associated Press. The problem reportedly stemmed from a Microsoft security update, which prompted many users to restart their computers simultaneously. This in turn led to an abundance of login requests, which flooded Skype and peer-to-peer services, ultimately leading to a total network overload.

Microsoft has responded by saying that the problem has nothing to do with its own technology, but rather a bug in Skype's software.

The outage likely had significant worldwide impact, as Skype often has an average of five to six million users online at a time, and in rare circumstances as much as nine million. Users can be found in countries from Brazil and the United States through to Vietnam; Skype is owned by eBay, the world's largest auction website.

by MacNN Staff




  1. Herod

    Joined: Dec 1969


    come on....

    "Microsoft has responded by saying that the problem has nothing to do with its own technology, but rather a bug in Skype's software."

    you recode your goddamn OS every 5 minutes with "updates" and expect every single software company to be onboard with you every band aid you come up with.

    what kind of company are you?

    oh M$.....i forgot. its never your fault.

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