According to The Register, Skype are busy this morning blaming Microsoft for their recent major outage. The reason? Too many people logged out and in again.
Apparently it all started going wrong following Microsoft’s “Patch Tuesday”, which, like most of the monthly Windows Updates, required a reboot. But apparently this particular set of updates toppled Skype by the sheer number of people simultaneously rebooting their PCs. Hmm..
In a system update, Skype said:” The abnormally high number of restarts affected Skype’s network resources. This caused a flood of log-in requests, which, combined with the lack of peer-to-peer network resources, prompted a chain reaction that had a critical impact.
“Normally Skype’s peer-to-peer network has an inbuilt ability to self-heal, however, this event revealed a previously unseen software bug within the network resource allocation algorithm which prevented the self-healing function from working quickly. Regrettably, as a result of this disruption, Skype was unavailable to the majority of its users for approximately two days,” it added.
My response? B*llocks. Absolutely total rubbish. Ewan would say ‘arse’ at this point I’m sure.