Skype down: Outage hits popular video chat service
PUBLISHED Wed, November 23, 2016 - 11:16am EST
The popular video chat application Skype experienced technical problems on Wednesday, with users around the world reporting difficulties when trying to use the service. The issue was resolved a short time later.
The problems began just before 11 a.m. ET on Wednesday when users reported having difficulties. Microsoft confirmed in a brief statement on its status page that its Skype service was experiencing technical issues.
"We are aware of an incident with our messaging service. Users could see delays, or failures in chat message delivery and group chat operations," Microsoft said. "Our engineers are on it and we hope to resolve the issue soon. We apologize for problems this may have caused to our customers."
A short time later, Microsoft announced that "the issue has been mitigated" and users were no longer experiencing problems. Other details, such as what caused the issue, were not immediately made public.
Skype is a popular application that provides video chat, voice call and text chat services. Launched 13 years ago, Skype is available in 108 languages around the world and has more than 300 million active users a month.