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Windows Live Messenger is designed to only allow one person to login at a time. There are several ways to sidestep this limitation.
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.
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 for.
There are several tricks you can try, though, that I think will get you there.
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 the 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 choice.
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.
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