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Skype Outage Blamed on Windows Update?



SkypeIn the continuing conundrum in my little pea brain that wonders what happens one day when all of our precious connectivity gets ruffled somehow, today’s news just makes it more of a conundrum. Last week Skype suffered an outage that lasted at least 2 days. Things got righted and now today, Skype is saying the failure was due to Windows Update.

The disruption was triggered by a massive restart of our users’ computers across the globe within a very short timeframe as they re-booted after receiving a routine set of patches through Windows Update.

The 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.

Ok, I’m confused. Sure P2P doesn’t work without any P’s. But I do find it a bit hard to believe that there was such a compressed ““massive restart” based on my experiences. So, I guess I’m wondering why this hasn’t happened before given that Windows Updates have been rolling out for quite some time. Something tells me the entire story hasn’t been told yet.

UPDATE: Skype has posted an update on how this all went down.

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