Pidgin and the End of Windows Live Messenger

Duncan Berriman duncan at
Thu Jan 10 09:50:10 EST 2013

Don't know if this has been mentioned before but I just happened to notice
that claim to have a skype gateway, it's an XMPP /
Jabber gateway so perhaps skype does indeed have an xmpp interface.


> -----Original Message-----
> From: devel-bounces at [mailto:devel-bounces at] On Behalf
> Of Peter Lawler
> Sent: 06 November 2012 20:41
> To: devel at
> Subject: Re: Pidgin and the End of Windows Live Messenger
> On 11/07/2012 07:08 AM, Jaldora Kyor wrote:
> >  Pidgin hasn't been interested in dealing with Skype.
> This isn't true. Pidgin is very interested in dealing with Skype.
> Just requires someone to come up with a cleanroom reverse engineered
> Skype library and for Skype to not do stuff like (say) banning accounts
> that use non-official clients (not saying I've seen this, but am saying
> I've heard stuff sort of like that goes on)
> What pidgin does right now is expose enough API so that people who don't
> care for adhering to the GPL license can load Skype DLLs and other
> tricks to get Pidgin talking Skype. Until such time as the cleanroom and
> ban 'issues' are addressed, that's all that there will ever be.
> As an aside, I do find it odd that MSN went to XMPP and now moving to
> Skype. Kinda almost makes me wonder if they may have Skype prepping to
> do some XMPP stuff itself.
> P.
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