Problems connecting to Windows Live Messenger account with Adium

I recently had a hard fight with Adium when trying to connect to my Windows Live account. It worked the 1st time and then suddenly it stopped working. I posted on Superuser (it is now open for the public), with no success. Following some hints on the Superuser post I tried to login to webmessenger which has moved to people.live.com and it worked perfectly.

As a second step I downloaded Messenger:Mac. I installed it and it worked...but again, just for the 1st time. On the next boot I wanted to open it and again...error message.
Sign in to Microsoft Messenger failed because the service is not available or you may not be connected to the Internet.
Not very helpful, since the service was available (webmessenger worked) and I was definitely connected to the Internet.

Now I finally found the solution. You need to check the option "Connect via HTTP" in the MSN account preferences in Adium. Then it works. It seems as if it gets blocked otherwise (I switched off the firewall without success).
Hope it helps some of you.
Kindle

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