A commenter over at Jonathan Key’s Messenger Geek blog has pointed out a very useful feature has been removed in the latest QFE patch. The ability to backup and restore the Messenger Contacts list. Why this has to be removed I have no idea nor does Jonathan Kay.
The feature was handy for the following scenarios.
- Moving your contact list from one account to another. Like I had to do a few years ago.
- When you want to have a backup of all your contacts for use elsewhere.
- Restoring your contact list after it has somehow disappeared.
One suggestion that Jonathan has suggested is to go to http://people.live.com/ , choose the Manage menu and then Export or Import but this is not ideal.