Well, I follow Skype numbers since the very beginning of Skype’s birth in August 2003, and despite the very scarce information provided by the new owner Microsoft I developed a feeling concerning “normal or abnormal” changes in users online behavior. Therefore I dare to make some guesses. Sometimes they are wrong, sometimes they prove to be right.
In my post of August 27 I guessed this was a “fake growth” due to Outlook.com users logging unknowingly on to the Skype application, or double logging in, and it seems I am right. Last week it never went over the 62 million people online, and also today, the maximum I saw was 62 million and a bit.
Such a downfall of about 8 million people online is NOT usual, never happened either. So, what happened?
- Did a lot of Skype users abandon Skype last week? I don’t think so!
- Did Skype change the way it calculates the users online?
- Or change something in the automatic logon of Outlook.com?
Anyway, what matters, Skype usage is still growing, no doubt about that!