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21/09/2015 16:23 BST | Updated 21/09/2015 16:59 BST

Skype Is Suffering A Major Worldwide Outage, Microsoft Working On A Fix

Microsoft's video-calling software Skype has gone down around the world and while Microsoft won't reveal what the problem is the tech giant is frantically working on a fix.

Users started noticing that while they could sign into Skype, the service wasn't behaving as it should. People couldn't change their status while all their contacts would appear as offline, even though they weren't.

Turns out that these little quirks were part of a much wider problem, one that's affecting Skype on a worldwide scale.

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To combat the potentially massive tidal wave of questions Skype engineer Leonas Sendrauskas turned to the company's blog to give an update.

"We have detected an issue that is affecting Skype in a number of ways."

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.

You may also have difficulty loading web pages on the Skype Community. For that reason, please check back here for future updates.

We're doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon. Thank you for your patience as we work to get this incident resolved."

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