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MSN Messenger can be told to not interrupt you with alerts when you're doing something else. The option apparently defaults to "on".
Why did MSN Messenger stop alerting me to new messages?
Did you upgrade messenger lately? Then it's probably because it thought you were busy doing something important, like playing a game.
At least that's what happened to me.
A new option appeared in version 6, I believe, in Tools->Options->Personal labled "Show me as Busy and block my alerts when I'm running a full-screen program, such as a slide presentation". I've also experienced this running a game or a Remote Desktop client session.
And it apparently defaults to "on". Turn that off, and you should be getting those all important instant messages interrupting you once again.
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