Hi, I’ve been working on an MSN server over the last half a year or so (on and off, when I’ve had the motivation to tinker), and I just discovered you’ve beaten me to it! Although I’m slightly disappointed that I didn’t get there first, I’m very glad somebody else has done it - I wanted to see MSN live on, and luckily so did you guys, so that’s great.
Anyway, Escargot seems to be tidier and further along than my own efforts, so I don’t have a whole lot to offer, but what I do have is a nice healthy collection of MSN clients I’ve been gathering and testing, and I thought you guys might like them. I’ve just uploaded them to Archive.org, you can find them here: MSN Messenger Collection.
There are 118 builds, some of which are 9x/XP versions of MSN Messenger/Windows Messenger 4.x.x. I’ve also included protocol version and CVR ident information. Hope you find them useful, took me a bit of digging to find them, and it’s definitely not a full collection - many seem lost to time, particularly early (1.x) versions and those which were betas/leaks and got quickly superceded by fixed versions, but I think I got a nice spread across the years. I’ve also documented them (well, loosely speaking, it’s very vague and not particularly detailed) here (MSN Messenger History), where I’ve put the same version/protocol version/ident info plus some screenshots for any version I was able to make functional with my server.
Once again, good job on keeping MSN alive, great to see someone else still cares to preserve it.
Added new wiki page with both collections and version info here: https://gitlab.com/valtron/msn-server/wikis/MSN-Messenger-Client-Downloads