MSN Restores Messenger Access
Updated: MSN's instant-messaging service returns to normal after an outage hit a significant number of users for a day.Microsofts MSN division has restored access to MSN Messenger after a large portion of its users faced problems accessing the instant-messaging service over the past 24 hours. The outage, which began Monday evening and affected a "significant" number of MSN Messenger users, was fixed by about 5 p.m. PST on Tuesday, an MSN spokeswoman confirmed. MSN blamed an isolated data-center problem for the outage, and the spokeswoman stressed that the so-called W32/Bropia worm hitting MSN Messenger was not responsible for the access problems.
"Weve identified the cause and are working to take the appropriate steps to remedy the situation as rapidly as possible," the spokeswoman said earlier.