Skype is down, outages are affecting customers around the globe. Skype users have been unable to use the video calling service today due to "issues" which appear to be affecting all apsects of the messenger service. Those that are affected by the issues are unable to start Skype calls with their contacts, who show up as offline even if they managed to sign in to the service. A spokesman for the IM service issued a statement via Twitter which said: "We are aware of an issue affecting Skype status at the moment, and are working on a quick fix" The offical Skype support website also issued a more in-depth statement: We have detected an issue that is affecting Skype in a number of ways. If you're signed in to Skype, you will not be able to change your status and your contacts will all show as offline even if they are online. As a result, you wonâ€™t be able to start Skype calls to them.. A small number of messages to group chats are not being delivered, but in most cases you can still instant message your contacts.. If you arenâ€™t signed in to Skype, you may be experiencing difficulty when attempting to sign in. Any changes to your Skype account such as your Credit balance or your profile details might take a little while to be displayed.. You may also have difficulty loading web pages on the Skype Community. For that reason, please check back here for future updates.. We're doing everything we can to fix this issue and hope to have another update for you soon. Thank you for your patience as we work to get this incident resolved. Users in the UK seem to be affected the most, and right now there is no sign of the issues ltting up. How is Skype in your area? Please let us know where you are and if you are having any issues at all in the comments below.