Passport Renaming: Changing the email address associated with an MSN Space or MSN Messenger account


MSN services such as MSN Spaces and MSN Messenger require one to create a Passport account to use them. Passport requires the use of an email address which is used as the login name of the user. However as time progresses people often have to change email addresses for one reason or the other. On such occassions I’ve seen a couple of requests internally asking for the ability to change the Passport account an MSN Spaces or MSN Messenger  account is associated with. 

Doing this is actually quite straightforward in the general case. All one has to do is go to the Passport.net website and click on the ‘View or edit your profile’ link which should have an option for changing the email address associated with the Passport. And that’s it.

Thanks to a recent changes made by some of the devs on our team, the renaming process now works seamlessly in MSN Messenger. You don’t have to import your existing contact list to the new account nor do your contacts have to add the new email address to their contact list. Instead the change to your email address propagates across the MSN network in about an hour or so.

The are some caveats. The first is that renaming a Passport to a Hotmail account isn’t supported at the current time. Another is that you may be prevented from changing your display name from the new email address in MSN Messenger for some time. This means that your friends will see you in their contact list as yourname@example.com (if that is your email address).

The above information also applies if you’ve been asked to change your MSN Messenger email address because your employer is deploying Microsoft Live Communications Server 2005 with Public IM Connectivity (PIC).  


Comments (11)

  1. Harry says:

    How about this: I do have an hotmail account (something@hotmail.com), so I have to login with this "email address" to the hotmail account. I also to have a passport account with my domain (something@mycompany.com). Will it be possible to login to the hotmail account (something@hotmail.com) with my domain account (something@mycompany.com)? Thankx, Cheers

  2. You will not be able to login to your Hotmail email with a different email address.

  3. Frank says:

    As far as I can see you cannot change a hotmail address that is currently associated with a .net passport to something else. Under profile I can change anything but my e-mail address. Anything I’m doing wrong?

  4. Passport renaming is not supported for Hotmail addresses at the current time.

  5. wayman says:

    我的 MSN 的账号用的是 yeah.net 的邮箱,但现在实际上邮箱只用 gmail 了,太想把 MSN 也改成 gmail 了,我那无可救药的 ID 情结啊。Google 了一通,发现这个:Passport Renaming: Changing the email address associated with an MSN Space or MSN Messenger account原来这个功能已经开发好了,用旧的 passport 登录 passport.net,里面就有修改 Email 的。改了之后,检查信箱然后确认修改。完成后,自己的好友列表不变,好友的…

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