A simple string of eight characters that can easily come up as a typo is able to crash the video-call app, Skype. Once a user receives a message that contains the character succession “http://:” (quotation marks not included), its Skype program crashes immediately and the bug prevents the user from signing in again afterwords.
The Skype management team has been taken by surprise by this widespread bug, as it was crashing their program left and right. However, they have acted extremely quickly and have already managed to develop a solution for the Skype-crashing bug.
This problem has only been signaled on certain platforms that used Skype, such as some Windows versions, Mas, iOS and Android. The problem has been signaled by a user who has pointed out the bug to the company on a forum.
A temporary fix appeared to be uninstalling Skype, asking the person who sent the destructive message to delete it and then re-installing the program. However, the Microsoft-powered Skype team has identified a permanent solution and has issued an updated version of the program that can be installed at the moment.
In fact, the salvaging version of the program can be found on skype.com/download and it doesn’t even require users to uninstall their current version, as it constitutes a mere update. Therefore, they managed to come up with a quick and effective solution to this devastating bug that can be applied with minimal effort from the users.
This situation comes only a week after a similar bug, in the form of a string of Arabic characters has caused very many iPhone users to lose their messages. This has caused great panic among Apple fans, who have greatly suffered as they have lost their entire message history.
iPhone users had to wait an entire day, which is quite a long time in the high-speed world of IT before Apple even announced them that they had acknowledged the presence of the problem. They are still working to fix it at the moment and the solution will most likely be available in the form or an update as well.
The Skype team has shown great efficacy in resolving the widespread Skype-killing bug and now its users can breathe easily, as the new update will keep them protected from this problem from here on.
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