Can I log into to two MSN Instant Messenger accounts at the same time? I
want to be able to chat using two IDs simultaneously.
The answer is both no and yes.
MSN Instant Messenger, now called Windows Live Messenger, is designed to
support only one account at a time. That means if you login to a second
account, you have to log out of the first.
But there are a couple of tricks that, while not elegant, can work.
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Certainly if you have two computers you can login using different MSN IM
accounts on each. That’s easy, but probably not what you were really looking
There are several tricks you can try, though, that I think will get you
Windows versus MSN Instant Messenger Windows Instant
Messenger, the IM program that comes installed with Windows XP is not the same
as MSN Instant Messenger. However, even though they have different feature
sets, they talk to the same instant messaging service. (You can read more about
difference between all the messengers here.) So you can run Windows Instant
Messenger and MSN Instant Messenger side by side, and login to different
accounts on each.
MSN Web Messenger MSN provides a web-based version of their
instant messaging client at http://webmessenger.msn.com/. You can login to one account using
Web Messenger, and login to a different one using your IM client software of
simultaneously using separate identities.”
Other Clients There are other instant messaging client
programs out there that work with MSN Instant Messenger. Specifically, you
could install programs like Pidgin
(formerly known as Gaim) or Trillian
as additional IM clients, and log into separate accounts using each.
Other Clients, Part II Trillian allows you to login to
multiple accounts simultaneously using separate identities. So in a sense, you
can do exactly what you’re looking for from a single application. As I write
this, my copy of Trillian is logged into two separate MSN Instant Messenger
accounts, and I can IM myself between the two. Other IM clients might also
offer this feature.
So there you have it. You could log into at least different IM accounts at
once using the different approaches I’ve listed here, or a virtually unlimited
number of accounts using programs that support it, such as Trillian.