How to use any email address with MSN Messenger

If you’re like me, being able to have everything connected to a single email address makes life easier.

Please note: This guide was initially published back in 2009 and MSN Messenger no longer exists. As such, we have asked Google to remove this from their search database, however the document will remain online for archival sake. In theory you might be able to get it to work in Windows 10 but it seems like a bit of a hassle and you won’t be chatting with many people.

Unfortunately, most Instant Messengers require you to set up email addresses with their service to use with their Instant Messenger program. Luckily, you don’t have to worry about this with MSN Messenger.

You can go LINK REMOVED to use any email address (for example, a gmail one) to sign into MSN Messenger with! This will also let you use your email address for all things live. Like Mail, Calendar, Skydrive, etc.

msn messenger sign in window using a non-msn email address

The process is dead simple. Go to LINK REMOVED, scroll down to Use an e-mail address you already have and click Get started now under it. After that it’s just a matter of filling in the necessary information. When you sign in to MSN Messenger, use your ‘regular’ email address and the password you created to associate with it. It’s really simple and something I wish I could do with other instant messengers.


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