Messenger Reviver 2:mac
This page remains here for archival reasons. As of March 12th 2015, the last of the servers accepting sign-ins from Messenger:Mac have gone offline. To use the Messenger service on the Mac, you will need to use Skype, the web-based Outlook.com client, or Windows Live Messenger 2012 in a Windows virtual machine.
Starting November 13th, 2014, Messenger:mac clients are no longer able to sign in to the Messenger service and you will receive the following error:
Sign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not responding. The service is not available or you may not be connected to the Internet.
Using Messenger Reviver 2:mac
To revive Messenger:mac, download the Messenger Reviver 2 dmg and open it from the Downloads folder. Then right-click on the Messenger Reviver 2 mac icon and choose Open.
If you receive the “unidentified developer” warning message choose Open when asked. Next, you may get a message reminding you that you’re about to install software, click Continue. You can then click Continue to the Introduction screen, then the Install button, type in your password, and finally click the Install Software button. After Reviver has completed, Messenger:mac should re-open and you should be able to sign in.
Important note: Unlike the Windows version, Messenger Reviver 2:mac at this time is not able to automatically download and install Messenger:mac. If you do not already have it installed, you can install it from c|net Download.com.
Known issues and workarounds
When you sign into Messenger:mac after using Reviver:mac, you most likely will see various contact list addition requests from your contact list. This is a side effect of tricking the server, and can either be ignored or dismissed. Unfortunately, they will return again when you sign in again. This issue is being seen in various third party clients as well.
In addition to this, even though contacts appear on your contact list, you might receive a message “Do you want to accept a message from an unknown sender”. Click the Accept button and you can proceed with the conversation.
Lastly, on some accounts you might not appear online to your contacts. Regrettably, this is a result of the same issues above. You can workaround this problem by signing in on another client first (including logging into your Microsoft account at Outlook.com) and then signing into Messenger:mac. The other client will put you online and Messenger:mac will take over your Messenger session.
A compatible version of OS X running Messenger:mac 8.0.1