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Skype Is Down, More Client Issues

The Skype client has been crashing since this morning in a repeat of what hit the company's popular VoIP service late in May 2011. Peter Parkes, the Social Media Communications Manager at Skype wrote on the company's heartbeat blog: "A small number of you may have problems signing in to Skype. We're investigating the cause, and hope to have more details to share soon."

The issues started around two to three hours ago and seem to generate random crashes. As of now, our Skype client is running but can't connect to Skype, something that might point to an issue with the Supernodes which have already failed once in the past.

It is the second time in less than two weeks that Skype went AWOL and left its millions of users in the dark; this time around, the downtime affects even Linux and mobile users who had been spared during the May cockup. The last big snafu was solved by deleting a file called "shared.xml" on clients' computers that had been corrected.

Skype had to issue new Windows and Mac client updates and users were left without VoIP service for nearly a day. The company was acquired in May for $8.5 billion by Microsoft and many suggested that the downtime couldn't come at a worse time for Microsoft.

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 ITProPortal.com 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.