Archive MSN Messenger 3.6 - 4.5 Other Information
Tuesday, 18 November 2003
HOAX EMAIL/IM MESSAGE!!!
Dear MSN and Hotmail users
MSN is planning to take away MSN Messanger by September 14th, 2001.If you want
to keep our MSN Messanger free of charge, send this email to everyone you know.
It will be used as a petition.Each person you send this to counts as one "signature"
If this petition gets 500,000 signatures they will keep MSN Messenger. If they
do not receive 500,000 votes you will have to pay 5.00 to have Messenger(per month).If
you don't care about this then please for everyone's sake help out a little. Thank
you for your time and consideration and please help MSN beat, their vote.
It's taking a while for the news to get around but please note that the above
mentioned is NOT TRUE! Since it started doings it's rounds back in 1998 targeting
users it has since moved onto [MSN]
and now it's doing it's rounds with [Yahoo]
Microsoft has thrown up "detailed instructions" (*cough*) for fixing the 'lost'
contact lists which are available
The last press release re the Server disaster...
NOTE: This is a COPY of the information posted on
[this] MSN Messenger page. The information is not ours, it is © 2001 Microsoft.
We have posted it here purely for the fact that one day it too will disappear
(much like your contact lists I image!) as their site is updated.
- MSN MESSENGER SERVICE RESTORED
July 11, 2001 - 7:15 am PDT
MSN Messenger service has been restored to all our worldwide customers. We
sincerely regret the inconvenience you may have experienced. We know you rely
on MSN Messenger to stay in touch with family, friends and business contacts
24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
Our operations team worked to restore personal contact lists for every MSN
Messenger account. However, there is a very small percentage of people who
have lost their contact list due to unforeseen circumstances in the data restoration
process. We apologize for this inconvenience. If this has happened to you,
you will be prompted automatically to re-add each of your contacts when they
log onto MSN Messenger the next time. As always, you can add contacts yourself
via the "ADD A CONTACT" button from within MSN Messenger. Click
[here] for more detailed instructions.
Thank you for your patience and your understanding. Please accept our apologies.
The MSN Messenger Team
Copy of the standard "blurb" issued to ppl who lodged and enquiry...
"The recent MSN Messenger outage was caused by a series of extremely rare
hardware failures. MSN went to a third level of backup to restore the service
and retrieve most customer data. Please note that the system that failed is
not linked to Microsoft's Passport service in any way--your Passport information
We learned during the final restoration of the service that approximately
one percent of all existing MSN Messenger users will unfortunately not have
contact lists restored as a result of this outage. This missing data is a
result of an operational error that occurred as we were getting the service
up and running and restoring data.
If you are among the one percent affected by this issue, when you sign into
MSN Messenger you will receive a prompt to add new contacts in when people
who were previously on your contacts list do one or both of the following:
1. Log into the service.
2. Add contacts via the "Add a Contact" button.
Please also note that we are taking the following steps to improve MSN Messenger:
- We have added additional backup systems to the MSN Messenger service.
- All future versions of MSN Messenger will include an "Import/Export Contact
List" feature that will allow you to share your lists with friends and automatically
save Contact Lists on your computers for additional protection and backup.
- We will expand communication efforts. We will let you know as quickly as
possible when service issues occur and we will explain clearly what it may
mean to you.
Again, we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this outage may have caused
Last Updated ( Sunday, 20 May 2007 )