The MSN Messenger Service is experiencing worldwide sporadic problems this weekend. Ranging from contact lists not being available, to service outages, the problems have worsened today with many unable to sign on at all.
Some users are still connected but many have been forced off the Messenger Service. MSN's status page which provides updates to customers about any service problems is currently experiencing "Server is too busy" errors and ASP errors.
We are awaiting a response on these issues from Microsoft; it is not known exactly what is causing the problems. Previously, human error has triggered large outages on the popular chat network.
Update: It appears the service has stabilised and Microsoft is investigating what caused the ongoing problems this weekend. An MSN Spokesperson has responded to our enquiries stating the following, "The MSN Messenger service experienced a hardware issue that resulted in a disruption of service for some customers this weekend. We identified the issue and worked to resolve it as quickly as possible. We apologize to any customers who were inconvenienced"