Skype Suffers Global Outage

The message Skype displays after attempting to place a call. Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

Skype suffered a global outage on Wednesday, leaving millions of people unable to log into the service.

The message Skype displays after attempting to place a call.
The message Skype displays after attempting to place a call.
Screenshot by Don Reisinger/CNET

The company said it was looking into the matter, which continued into the early afternoon. "Some of you may have problems signing in to Skype - we're investigating, and we're sorry for the disruption to your conversations," it wrote on its website.

Frustrated Skype users took to Twitter to confirm the outage, which takes place at a particularly inopportune time for Skype: the outage occurs just as holiday-related phone calls reach their annual peak.

Last month Skype set a new usage record," hosting 25 million people on its service concurrently. Around 500 million people use Skype, according to a filing it issued in conjunction with its upcoming initial public offering.

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