Okay, so that doesn’t really cover it. Skype keeps freezing 2016. You’ve probably seen this happening. I have a lot of friends that I talk to on skype. They don’t have a problem. But they feel bad for me. I’m the type of person that likes to give everyone the benefit of the doubt. But I’ve found myself having to check my skype notifications before I even think about it.
Skype freezing 2016 is a problem for many Skype users, especially the ones who use the company’s “Frosting” voice-chat option, which is meant to simulate the sounds of a phone conversation. To a person with the exact same set of headphones and a speakerphone, the sound of a Skype call is indistinguishable from plain old phone. This is actually a very common issue for Skype users, and for good reason.
Skype has a lot of features that keep you from being able to hear other people, and it’s often the case that a Skype call freezes up due to this. Skype’s default setting for freezing calls is: “Incoming call, your call waiting to go through” which is why some users have had to resort to the Frosting option. Skype’s developers, Skype, have even confirmed this is causing the problem, and they have issued an official statement about it.
While the developer of Skype, Skype, has an official statement, the problem is, as others have pointed out, that many of Skype’s features are only available to users who have either a Skype or Live with service (YAM) account. This means that Skype users who have a Live account, or any other account that doesn’t have a Skype to Live feature, are unable to use Skype’s features.
While Skype has a fix for this, it is likely that this is actually only a temporary problem. However, it does make me wonder how Skype will respond when a user reports an issue that goes back to January, when the feature was introduced.
I have no doubt that Skype will respond to this like any other major website. However, I wonder if they will also try to fix it. In the mean time, I will be using Skype to keep in touch with my friends and family.
What happens to Skype when a major bug like this pops up? Will that feature be disabled? Will Skype try to fix it before the next big bug comes along? I would love to know.
We have no idea when Skype will be fixed, but it is reasonable to ask if they will be actively disabling it. If a Skype spokesperson says “we’re working on it,” that’s a pretty safe bet. There’s a chance that Skype will do the right thing and disable it for the rest of 2016, but I can’t see it happening.
This is a major bug, and we really hope Skype will fix it before the end of the year. You can check for yourself using the Skype Help Center.
It also doesn’t seem to affect everyone at the same time, but in the very rare cases where Skype freezes, our Windows users are the worst affected.