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Skype v5.0.0.156 Appears To Solve Service Downtime

Service hiccups we experienced while using Skype earlier today were solved almost immediately once we downloaded and installed the latest version of the VoiP's client, v5.0.0.156, replacing our earlier version which was 152.

A quick random poll in the office revealed better quality of service after the procedure was performed; you can download this version of Skype, which was launched on the 14th of December, here.

The release notes for this particular iteration do not show any significant improvements; as a maintenance update, it only solves a number of known issues without introducing any new functionality.

A few hours ago, Skype said that around 10 million people were only, accounting for around 30 per cent of the number of Skype users that log in online; at the time of writing that number has risen to 13.6 million which is 45 per cent of the estimated 30 million online Skype users.

Skype did not say why its service has been down for the first time in three years other than mentioning that many Supernodes have been knocked offline at the same time because of an issue with a particular version of Skype.

We suggested earlier today that they might have been hacked and taken offline at the same time in an attempt to undermine Skype.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.