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Shattered Skype slowly staggers to its feet after 15-HOUR outage outrage

Howls of pain still echo across the internet

Microsoft's Skype is slowly righting itself after spending most of the day offline.

The video-and-voice call service fell over at about 0800 UTC (0100 PT), and was useless across the UK, the US, Europe, India, Japan, Australia, and elsewhere – pretty much worldwide, it seems.

Now, some 15 hours later, it appears Skype is on the mend, with a lot of people claiming it's working for them again. Not all are so lucky: there's still netizens complaining they can't make calls. El Reg was able to successfully make a video call from the US to the UK about 30 minutes ago.

The Skype Twitter feed has been posting the same link to the same blog post over and over and over, with a few jaunty puns failing to lift the spirits of upset users. The post, last updated at 1500 UTC about nine hours ago, reads:

We have identified the network issue which prevented users from logging in and using Skype today. We're in the process of reconnecting our users, and focused on restoring full service. The issue did not affect Skype for Business users.

Some people are pretty relieved to see it working again.

The service has hundreds of millions of accounts: by early 2013, it was handling 50 million concurrent users at a time. Today, not so much. ®

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