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Use Skype IM within Pidgin For those of us who use instant messaging to conduct our day-to-day business, we know the frustrations of having multiple friends spread throughout all the major IM platforms including Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and Skype. Pidgin is a freeware multi-protocol […]

Use Skype IM within Pidgin

Pidgin LogoFor those of us who use instant messaging to conduct our day-to-day business, we know the frustrations of having multiple friends spread throughout all the major IM platforms including Google Talk, AIM, Yahoo!, MSN, and Skype. Pidgin is a freeware multi-protocol IM product that allows access to all your contacts from Yahoo!, MSN, Google Talk, and many more systems. However, Skype however was always closed off.

Not any longer, thanks to the Skype API and the Skype API Plugin for Pidgin. Using this free plugin, you can instant message back and forth with your Skype contacts within Pidgin. At this point, it isn’t possible to do voice calling from Pidgin. However every Skype contact is brought into Pidgin for easy access. Because Pidgin is cross-platform, this functionality is available for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

  1. The plugin for Adium 1.2 works fine. I notice this requires Skype to run in the background and talks to the Skype instance running on the Mac, not directly to the Skype service … but at least my IM UI is consistent now…

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  2. You said

    Pidgin is a freeware

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    In fact, it’s largely better than that : it’s free software!
    :-)

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  3. This is extra cool! Thanks for sharing.

    It would have been twice extra super cool if it didn’t require a running Skype instance. Maybe later. But even if not, this is so much better than before. :)

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