Skype Resumes Service after Worldwide Outage

World | December 24, 2010, Friday // 12:28|  views

A picture, looking like a traditional Bulgaria obituary announcement, posted by a Bulgarian facebook user makes of fun of Skype's failure. Photo by facebook

The internet program for calling and instant messaging Skype is now back in operation and had almost entirely recovered from the worldwide outage.

The service went down for almost all of its users on Wednesday. Skype CEO Tony Bates announces that by Thursday afternoon about 21 million users were logged in due to improvement in the service, which was nearly 90% of the usual traffic. Some customers still were not able to log on.

Voice calling, video-chatting and text-based instant messaging are working for most users, but other features, such as offline instant messaging and group video chats, are still down, according to Bates.

Bates declined stating the reason for the glitch, pointing out the probe was ongoing.

On average, 124 million people use Skype each month, though the total number of registered users is more than four times that.

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