the question I have is about hotmail. one of my mates, b### who lives in germany can email me or use messenger for a convo & he has a green icon next to his name in my contacts list. I have two other messenger contacts, who have a red icon next to them, which when I click for a messenger convo with them, I get an email message screen appear, not a messenger screen. I am getting a new message sign on the title bar, next to my email addy, but I can not open this by clicking it. is this message from one of the 'red iconed' persons? does this mean they are bloked or partialy bloked? what can I do to get them a green icon? my email account is a free one with msm hotmail.