That's right, the Windows Live Messenger protocol is still perfectly alive and well today. A while back, I booted my Windows OS on my PC where I still had Pidgin set up to sign me into MSN, and surprisingly it still worked. One of my Skype contacts sent me a message over Pidgin, and their "MSN e-mail address" had an "@SkypeDomain.fakedomain" domain part. It seems that now, though, while the MSN servers are still up, they at least block non-Chinese users from authenticating (Pidgin says "invalid response from server").
The Skype/MSN merger was done in a pretty half-assed way by Microsoft:
I don't get why Microsoft doesn't just pull the plug on MSNP completely, and force everyone to get a Skype name if they don't already have one linked with their MSN accounts.
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Hi...since you get about chatbots etc and skype/msn stuff.....I am wondering if yo7 can help. I have found in our live.com accounts contacts a whole heap of sexual usernames. They look like skype names.....but they arent in our skype account. I dont usually ude this account my husband does. There are over 50 contacts....they werent there 2 monthe ago. He claims he doesnt know what they are and over time recieves some random pornbot requests on skype and msn. A while ago his yahoo which was linked was hacked.....and possibly his skype....as his skype profile pic changed to boobs....adnd messaged me while asleep. Could these new contacts found be a security spam compromise....or does that seem unreastic. Could they be legit contacts.
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