I'm not much of a Skype user these days. I have it installed on my desktops and laptop, but I use it mainly for instant messaging, as some of my contacts don't use ICQ, MSN, AIM, Y! or IRC.
Last week's outage seems to have upset quite a few people and I feel sorry for them. Though why so many people are that dependent on a free service is kind of disturbing.
So this morning Skype posted an explanation on their status site / blog claiming that it was a Windows update issue.
So let's see... the famous updates from Microsoft have been released on the same day for a long time.
So why would it only affect Skype now unless there was a more serious issue in their network topology?
Do they honestly believe that people will buy that excuse?
Obviously some people will, but others will simply laugh at them.
Infoworld's article echoes what a lot of networking and IT professionals have been saying:
Microsoft releases its security patches on the second Tuesday of each month, so this type of widespread restarting is nothing new. Skype hasn't said what in particular about August's updates led to the network crash, and its vagueness on the issue is causing some Skype users to cry foul.
Maybe the more gullible users will accept Skype's explanation, but I'd be seriously examining other options if Skype was one of my main methods of communication.