23-Dicember-2010 .. almost Christmas or anyway holiday for everybody but not for Skype programmers!
Programming errors for the Skype supernodes indeed, seems to be behind this unexpected downtime that I found trying to create a new user for my mobile smartphone.
This problem is limited with Supernodes that use to be kept continuously updated that have been (wrongly) recently upgraded.
This is what I found on the Sign-In page of Skype:
Skype downtime today
Earlier today, we noticed that the number of people online on Skype was falling, which wasn’t typical or expected, so we began to investigate.
Skype isn’t a network like a conventional phone or IM network – instead, it relies on millions of individual connections between computers and phones to keep things up and running. Some of these computers are what we call ‘supernodes’ – they act a bit like phone directories for Skype. If you want to talk to someone, and your Skype app can’t find them immediately (for example, because they’re connecting from a different location or from a different device) your computer or phone will first try to find a supernode to figure out how to reach them.
Under normal circumstances, there are a large number of supernodes available. Unfortunately, today, many of them were taken offline by a problem affecting some versions of Skype. As Skype relies on being able to maintain contact with supernodes, it may appear offline for some of you.
What are we doing to help? Our engineers are creating new ‘mega-supernodes’ as fast as they can, which should gradually return things to normal. This may take a few hours, and we sincerely apologise for the disruption to your conversations. Some features, like group video calling, may take longer to return to normal.
Stay tuned to @skype on Twitter for the latest updates on the situation – and many thanks for your continued patience in the meantime.
on the SignIn URL.
Let’s hope that debbugging tools will be able to discover what was wrong and correct it ASAP, but not being a centralized network, I’m afraid this won’t last a few minutes, but more likely a few days as Skype must rely on user consent to upgrade their version in order to make it work again as desired.