Microsoft Messenger sign-on issues

I do not know why Messenger is having difficulties. But if you are
looking for status updates to feed your front desk folks, the MSN
network status web page for Messenger is

Feature: Sign In

The .NET Messenger Service is temporarily experiencing difficulty. You may
be unable to sign in. Please try again later.
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Last Update: Monday, 09 February 2004 21:15:00 GMT
Next Update: Monday, 09 February 2004 23:15:00 GMT