A few hours ago, Skype announced in a Twitter message that a small number of users may struggle to connect to the service. But if you look at the amount of other messages about Skype during the last hour, it’s probably a lot more than just “a small number of users” having trouble at the moment.

This is the second time outage has occurred since Microsoft announced the acquisition of Skype about a month ago. The previous outage occurred on May 26. At the time Skype first announced that it only applied to a limited number of users then, something that proved to be wrong. However, the error was quickly identified. It was related to the Windows client and could quite easily be solved.

The latest operational messages from Skype can be read here.

Update 3:

Today’s problems have stabilised, and recovery is ongoing. Skype should return to normal soon.

If you were disconnected from Skype earlier, you shouldn’t need to manually sign back in to Skype – it should reconnect automatically when it’s able to do so.

We apologise for the disruption to your conversations.
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Update 2:

We are continuing to address today’s problems, and are seeing indications that the situation is improving.

If you were disconnected from Skype earlier, you shouldn’t need to manually sign back in to Skype – it should reconnect automatically when it’s able to do so.

We apologise for the disruption to your conversations.

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Update:

A configuration problem has meant that some of you have been disconnected from Skype.

We’ve identified the cause of the problem, and have begun to address it. If you’ve been affected, you should start to see improvement in the next hour or so. You shouldn’t need to manually sign back in to Skype – it should reconnect automatically when it’s able to do so.

We apologise for the disruption to your conversations.

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A small number of you may have problems signing in to Skype. We’re investigating the cause, and hope to have more details to share soon.

Microsoft’s acquisition of Skype is not yet fully complete, so there is little reason to believe there is something Microsoft has done that has caused the problems.

(via @Skype, Heartbeat)