updated 10:15 am EDT, Fri September 21, 2007
.Mac vs. Windows Live
Some users of Microsoft's Windows Live Messenger service have this week found themselves unable to connect, according to scattered accounts. If a user with a "mac.com" e-mail address attempts to sign on to Messenger, the client software will display an error message, informing them that they need to change their address to resume service. "Because of a recent system update," the error reads, "you must change the e-mail address that you use to sign in to Windows Live(TM) Messenger. Until you change your e-mail address, you won’t be able to use Windows Live(TM) Messenger."
The service blockage appears to be directly targeted at Mac owners, as users with accounts from the likes of Gmail have indicated no disruptions. Microsoft has not replied to a two-day old MacNN inquiry, but it is known that the company hosts a rival service to .Mac, Windows Live Spaces. Microsoft has otherwise been generally friendly to the Mac, creating Mac-specific clients or allowing logins through third-party software such as Adium.