You probably noticed that Skype seemed to be offline today. It turns out that the service is only partially down. The central issue seems to be that status indicators aren’t working properly so your contacts seem to be offline even though you can still message them. According to Skype’s blog post titled “Skype presence issues“:
Affected users will not be able to change their status, their contacts will all show as offline and they will be unable to start Skype calls to them.
Instant messages are still being delivered as usual. The status issue also doesn’t affect Skype for Web, which can be used to make calls and send instant messages.
It looks like messaging works.
Update (2015-09-21): Not everyone is convinced by Skype’s explanation:
.@pauljacobson yeah, I saw that too. I think their issue is more than just status issues. 🙂— Geoffrey Chisnall (@GeoffChisnall) September 21, 2015
This is certainly the only time Skype has been down that I can remember.
Update (2015-09-22): The issue seems to have been resolved.
We're pleased to say we've found and are now rectifying the Skype problem you may have had today. For latest info: http://t.co/COwIPfl7s3— Skype (@Skype) September 21, 2015