Pidgin Client for Windows Live

David Woolley forums at
Tue Jan 25 17:03:14 EST 2011

Pinto-Coelho, Ciro L wrote:
> Dear Pidgin Support,

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>                 I installed Pidgin 2.7.9 to act as my client for Windows 
> Live (MSN) chat.  When I run the app I get a the following error message 
> “Connection error from Notification server: Connection timed out.”  I 
> use the same account via the Windows Live client, which is an 
> abomination.  Does Pidgin support this chat protocol?

It's an alternative branding for MSN, so yes.  What do you get when you 
enable the debug window?  Are you anywhere like an office, which might 
have restricted internet access, and therefore require proxies, etc. 
configuring.  Connection timeout does tend to suggest a firewall, which 
is dropping, rather than rejecting, so preventing a prompt detection of 
a problem.

David Woolley
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