(Summer of Code) Support for Office Communicator 2007.

Mark Doliner mark at kingant.net
Thu Jul 9 22:09:24 EDT 2009

On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 7:04 PM, Carlos Nunez<cnunez at stevens.edu> wrote:
> To whom it may concern:
> Good evening (Eastern Standard)! My name is Carlos Nunez, and I'm a Computer
> Engineering student at the Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, NJ.
> In a new (intern) position I started recently, I was familiarized to and
> worked with Office Communicator and the Office Communications Service. As a
> very happy Pidgin user (AIM and Facebook), I naturally wondered if Pidgin
> could interface with OCS, as it uses SIP for messaging. To my dismay, I
> found that there is no native support for it, and the last attempt to get it
> working was not entirely successful.
> What I would like to do is try at starting that up again. I'm not sure if my
> limited programming experience will hinder my ability to do this, but I'm
> very interested in at least learning the innerworkings of libpurple and more
> about how instant messaging works at the protocol level. I'm willing to do
> this even if it's not acceptable as a Summer of Code project for this year.
> So what is everyone's thoughts on this? Where is the best place to start
> researching? I'm already becoming quickly familiarized with the Office
> Communicator API (which plays well in C++).
> Thanks in advance for reading, and I look forward to hearing everyone's
> opinions!

Hi Carlos!

Personally I would love to see Pidgin able to connect to Office
Communicator/Live Communication Server.  The Pidgin ticket for this is

There is a "SIPE" plugin which is apparently stable and working, but I
haven't tried it.  http://sipe.sourceforge.net/

Also, just a note, libpurple would only be able to use the Office
Communicator API if it is GPL-compatible.


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