Instant Messaging

Outlook isn't set up straight away to use the MSN Messenger software. The first task you need to accomplish before you can use Messenger is to obtain a Microsoft Passport. The Passport is a type of electronic ID that you associate with your e-mail address.

When other people want to contact you through Messenger, they can use your e-mail address as your instant messaging address. You also need to download the software and set it up.

To obtain a Passport:

Step by Step

  1. Open your web browser and connect to
  2. Click on Register for your free .NET Passport today! link.
  3. Complete the registration form.
  4. Look for the .NET Passport Sign In button!
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Step by Step

  1. Choose Tools, Options tab and select Enable Instant Messaging in Microsoft Outlook.
  2. Click Yes when prompted by Outlook to download the MSN Messenger software.
  3. Designate your region, operating system and desired language, then start the download. When prompted, select Run This Program From Its Current Location.
  4. Step through the wizard entering your Passport sign-in name and password.
  5. Click OK to close the Options dialog box, then close and restart Outlook to being using MSN Messenger.