Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Skype Outtage

Everyone's buzzing about the Skype outtage. Apparently, the cause was a Windows Update patch that caused the user's PCs to reboot and it overwhelmed the system.

Herein lies the weakness of deploying desktop apps on a massive scale. It is hard to control nor forsee what kind of effects a patch is going to have. The last time I downloaded a patch, it broke all sorts of things from my development environments to the browser. Skype does have "self healing" capabilities but when you're talking tens of millions of users that will need an update at the same time, that's a tall order. Unlike browser based applications where you can just update at a single place. But browser based applications does have its own weaknesses too.

I long for the day when you can have the best of both worlds.


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