At 11:00 UTC, Skype posted an article on its blog that was titled: Issues With Skype status and calling. The first line says it all: “We have detected an issue that is affecting Skype in a number of ways”. From the blog:
If you’re signed in to Skype you will not be able to change your status and your contacts will all show as offline even if they are online. As a result, you won’t be able to start Skype calls to them.
A small number of messages to group chats are not being delivered, but in most cases you can still instant message your contacts.
If you aren’t signed in to Skype, you may be experiencing difficulty when attempting to sign in. Any changes to your Skype account such as your Credit balance or your profile details might take a little while to be displayed.
The following tweet was posted on the @Skype verified Twitter account.
We are working to fix an issue which is preventing some users from logging in & using Skype. We apologize for any inconvenience.
— Skype (@Skype) September 21, 2015
A similarly worded tweet was posted on the @SkypeSupport verified Twitter account.
— Skype Support (@SkypeSupport) September 21, 2015
It appears that the best way to find out when Skype is working properly again is via Twitter. It seems that both of Skype’s Twitter accounts might provide further information when they know more about the issue. In the meantime, competing company ooVoo seems to be taking advantage of the situation.
— ooVoo (@ooVoo) September 21, 2015