Today when I opened up my laptop and switched to Skype, I found that I had been logged out:
The text in that image says: "We've signed you out because you're using an outdated version of Skype. Download the latest version now."
Now, to be clear, I wasn't using an ancient version of Skype. My laptop had version 184.108.40.2062 from sometime in, say, March 2013 - so yes, it was over a year old, but the thing with Skype is that it has had a history of always "just working", which perhaps we as users have gotten used to.
In a Skype public chat in which I participate a number of other users said they'd been logged out - and looking in the Windows Skype community and Mac Skype community web forums I see MANY messages from people who are experiencing problems over the past week. The frustration is even visible in the Linux Skype community (a community Skype has often ignored), where a staff moderator posted last Friday, August 1, this message:
From today, users with Skype for Linux version 4.2 and older will not be able to sign in to Skype. The error messages user will see during sign in may include “Can’t Connect to Skype” or...