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Sorry, we couldn’t connect to Skype!

Have you even encountered such an error? What did you do, or rather, what do you think you had done to deserve such a response from your beloved voice and chat application? It is one of those irritating issues you are likely to face during your lifelong relationship with Skype.

I had my first horror show after close to 8 cool years of using Skype. Something had gone wrong, though I couldn’t figure out what exactly it was. I went on a wild goose chase, feeding my my google search engine, with all sorts of questions and inquiries.

By the time I identified the source of my nightmare, I had been to hell and back. From several futile reinstallations to a million password resets and my eventual search for Skype’s web version (which, by the way, does exist at: https://web.skype.com ), I had seen it all.

It was all in vain – well, almost – until one useful clue showed up on page 5 of my search results. I rarely go beyond the second page, but something nudged me to go on. And there it was. Something to do with my internet explorer browser.

Despite several updates and add-ons and versions (probably 11, now), internet explorer has never been the kind of browser to tickle my fancy. So I thought I could do without it. I had binned it, and with it went my Skype functionality.

Several times, I tried to launch internet explorer with little success. The darned browser simply couldn’t show up (I was feeling too lazy to go through a fresh installation). Eventually I had no choice but reinstall IE, and voila, my Skype was back!

I have since faced a couple of related issues, and both had similar solutions. This, of course, may not be a one-size-fits-all solution, but most errors of that particular description have something to do with IE. Sometimes all one needs to do is to update their IE to the latest version.

Dan Atuhaire

IT Engineer and Consultant since 2007, with career expertise in IT, Core Banking, Mobile Commerce, Systems Analysis and Integration as well as Database Support - a career experience spanning support implementation for over 20 countries. He is also a blogger with particular interest in IT, music, lifestyle, travel, football and pop culture in no particular order. Every once in a while, he scours the internet and picks on a few things and downloads some apps (which eventually mess his gadgets up) and he writes about them. He likes to think of himself as a jerk of all trades, with unrivaled phobia for swimming.
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