This page reflects current operational status of the Windows Live (MSN) Messenger service and software.
NOTE: May 20, 2017 – Messenger is no longer available using Messenger Reviver 2 as Microsoft’s final Messenger server has been taken offline as of May 18th. Please see the post on the discontinuation of Messenger Reviver 2 for more information and a tribute.
You can also continue to use older versions of MSN Messenger on a non-Microsoft server. Learn about how to use the Escargot server project and sign in.
If you have not already revived your Messenger client, you will need Messenger Reviver 2 to sign in to the service.
Last checked: May 20 2017 – 04:00 UTC
For connectivity to the Messenger servers, Is MSN dead yet? provides an ongoing monitor and information.
|Access/sign in to Messenger (Skype/SkypeWeb/Miranda-NG)||Online||Sep 21st, Skype client presently cannot see any contacts but messaging is possible
Last outage Jul 4 2014 ~15 min
|Access/sign in to Messenger (Outlook.com)||Online||Last outage Jul 4 2014 ~15 min|
|Access/sign in to Messenger (HTTPS)||Offline||Feb 12 – In some regions, you may not be able to connect (error 80072efd), please revive again using Messenger Reviver 2.4.7 to fix the issue.|
|Access/sign in to Messenger (MSNP/HTTP)||Offline||Mar 12th – MSNP18 (Messenger 2009) logins fully rejected by every server, please use Live Messenger 2012
Mar 6th – MSNP logins rejected again, except by db3
Feb 26th – MSNP logins are now being rejected, workaround added
Jan 9th – There may be issues signing in again due to the default db3 servers not accepting all protocols, working on a workaround now.
Dec 1st – Two of the servers you’ll get when trying to connect are now refusing access on the MSNP port, re-revive using Reviver 2.3.5 if you are having issues connecting
Nov 13th – Previously revived Messenger 2008 and 2009 clients cannot sign in and will get error code 85ae0010, 2011 and 2012 clients are still working. Run the latest version of Reviver to fix the issue.
Nov 12th – Clients using the old 8.5 application ID no longer work but are being updated. The real Messenger client continues to work using Reviver.
Last outage Nov 2, ~60 min, prior Jul 4 2014 ~15 min
|Adding/removing contacts||Offline||Users using Skype will need to use another Messenger client (like Butterfly Messenger or web-based iwantim) to accept|
|Clickable hyperlinks||Offline||Currently broken in Messenger 2012|
|Display names||Offline||Feature does not exist in Messenger 2012, but you can still change your “real” name and the names of others|
|E-mail notifications||Offline||Shutdown April 2014|
|Facebook feeds||Offline||Stopped working with the shut down of Facebook Connect|
|Facebook Messenger||Offline||Stopped working with the shut down of Facebook Connect|
|Games||Offline||Shutdown April 30 2013|
|Group Messaging||Offline||Shutdown June 2015|
|Messenger Plus! Sounds||Offline||Plus! server returned July 2014 after 3 month outage (thanks Bertil)|
|MSN Mobile (SMS)||Offline|
|Offline messaging||Offline||Your contacts that use Skype or the Outlook.com web client will still be able to receive offline messages|
|P4 activities (MSN Photo Swap, etc.)||Offline|
|Remote Assistance||Offline||May require manual Teredo configuration|
|Winks||Offline||Newer versions of Adobe Flash break winks from displaying, you can use an older version of Flash|
|Voice/video||Offline||Only works in some networking scenarios as the relay servers are not operational. It is recommended to use a browser-based alternative like Google Hangouts for voice or video instead.|
|XMPP access/sign in||Offline||Shutdown December 2013|