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Skype restored after lengthy calling outage

​Skype, Microsoft Corp.'s online telephone and video service, is back up after a long calling outage.
The Skype calling problems began around 4 a.m. ET. It wasn't until nearly 8 p.m. ET — nearly 16 hours later — that Skype reported on its blog that services had been fully restored. (Paul Sakuma/Associated Press)

​Skype, Microsoft Corp.'s online telephone and video service, is back up after a long calling outage.

Skype confirmed Monday that some users were unable to make calls because their settings showed that they and their contacts were offline, even when they were logged in.

The problems began around 4 a.m. ET Monday. It wasn't until nearly 8 p.m. ET — nearly 16 hours later — that Skype reported on its blog that services had been fully restored.

The problems didn't just affect calling. Some messages to group chats were also not being delivered. Skype said users not already signed in were facing difficulty while accessing their accounts and users also experienced delays in seeing changes made to their accounts, such as credit balance and profile details. 

The company said the issue did not affect Skype for Business users. 

With files from CBC News

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