New Skype VoIP Client Solves Crash On Windows

Skype has released a new version of its Client, Skype for Windows, which will solve login problems that hit millions of users yesterday at around noon BST; the installation file can be downloaded here and carries the revision number 5.3.0.116.

Peter Parkes wrote on the company's blog, Heartbeat, that the company will release a Mac version on the 27th of May while Linux users will still have to follow more technical instructions for a manual update.

Parkes also confirmed that users on mobile, TV, gaming consoles and other devices will not have been affected by the issues. That said, there still seems to be a fair number of users that have been affected by the downtime and have yet to recover from it.

On the 28th of March 2011, Skype reached 30 million concurrent users online and at the time of writing, that number only reached 25.74m, 14 per cent less and setting Skype back to November 2010 when the site hit 25m for the first time.

By the end of 2009, Skype managed to reach 663 million user accounts, a fifty per cent increase compared to the year before. Should that growth rate be maintained, Skype will have reached one billion registered accounts by the end of the year although it is likely that only three to four per cent will ever be online concurrently.