It's been a sad month for messaging apps. First it was Apple's iOS bug. Now, Skype is also reportedly crashing when a user receives a text message with a particular series of characters. Receiving a message on Skype containing the characters "http://:" was reported to crash the software when running on Windows, Android, or iOS, although Skype for Mac and the touch-optimized Skype for Windows 8.1 are reportedly unaffected. This new bug was first reported by VentureBeat. The Skype forums are ablaze with user complaints about their apps crashing. A spokesperson for Skype confirmed the bug's existence to the publication: "We are aware of the problem and are working to provide a resolution." The best part about this bug, you just can't delete your chat history and be free. As Skype re downloads all data from the cloud, there is little chance that a workaround will exist. A workaround for Windows users, suggests asking the person who sent you the message to delete it, and then installing an older version of Skype instead. This might actually work. Apple still hasn't released a proper bug fix for its crash yet. Let's pray Microsoft acts faster before this new message becomes an epidemic.