While the MSN portal is still active, Microsoft discontinued Windows Live Messenger -- the successor to MSN Messenger -- in 2013 and migrated its users to Skype. Create a new account to log in to either Skype or to the MSN website by signing up for a Microsoft account.
Sign Up for a Microsoft Account
Visit the Sign In page on Live.com -- a Microsoft website -- and click Sign Up Now.
Enter your first and last names.
Click the Or Get a New Email Address link.
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Enter the email address you want to create in the Username field.
Type a password in both Password fields and select your country, date of birth and gender.
Enter either your phone number or an alternative email address.
Enter the security code, read the Microsoft Services Agreement and privacy and cookies policy and, if you agree, click the Create Account button to finish the account creation process.
Using Your New Microsoft Account
In addition to letting you log in to Skype or MSN.com, a Microsoft account also gives you access to a wide variety of Microsoft services, including:
- The Outlook.com Web mail platform
- Xbox Live
- Office 365