Protocols/MSNP/URLs used by MSN

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These are some of the URLs used by MSN, including the final URLs used in their own shortener domain.


Essential

  • messenger.hotmail.com: MSNP connection; all versions
  • messenger.hotmail-int.com: MSNP connection; some betas, including 5.0.0327?
  • gateway.messenger.hotmail.com: HTTP proxy for around the MSNP connection; all versions
  • nexus.passport.com: Provides login url; MSN 5 - 7.0
  • config.messenger.msn.com: MsgrConfig file that specifies tabs, ads, etc; MSN 6+
  • loginnet.passport.com, login.live.com: IDCRL login; MSN 7.5+
  • byrdr.omega.contacts.msn.com: SOAP contacts; WLM 8

Non-essential/additional services

  • ows.messenger.msn.com, rsi.hotmail.com: Offline messaging servers, send and receive respectively
  • login.live.com: HTTP(S) authentication to Windows Live ID and acquiring of x509 certificates for secure peer-to-peer (p2p) connections for the Sharing Folders feature
  • *.storage.msn.com: Online storage of user tile, status message, display name, and Windows Live Space storage? WLM 8.0+?
  • sup.live.com: What's New service; WLM 2009+
  • sqm.msn.com: Software Quality Management; telemetry/log submission
  • g.msn.com: URL shortener for various Microsoft/MSN/Live services and downloads
  • c.msn.com: "To set an anonymous unique ID for a user to personalize the Windows Live experience"
  • crl.microsoft.com: "To access the latest Certificate Revocation List (CRL) in order to check the validity of a certificate"
  • *.edge.messenger.live.com: "Various core Messenger operations. For example, echo servers that are used to establish direct connectivity between two messenger clients for peer-to-peer (p2p) communication when clients are behind firewalls"
  • relay.data.edge.messenger.live.com: "Media relay used to transfer binary data (files, voice, or video)"
  • rad.msn.com: "To download advertising content display in the client and to download ad-sponsored personal expression content, such as display pictures, and emoticons"
  • appdirectory.messenger.msn.com: "Used by Messenger activities/games applications that run inside Messenger applications"
  • images.messenger.msn.com: "For messenger image files"
  • spaces.live.com: "For the contact card"
  • relay.voice.messenger.msn.com: "Media relay used for voice"

g.msn.com URLs