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I've used Pidgin, but it hasn't worked 100%, so maybe you know about something better...

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I used to use pidgin-sipe in Pidgin. The same plugin apparently works through empathy too.

I say "used to" because I'm not longer in an environment where I need it, not because I found anything better. As far as I know, it's the only plugin to tackle the problem.

In short, I think you're left trying get your problems fixed (report a bug), rather than jumping boat to another project... Which is probably healthier for both of you.

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I use Pidgin and pidgin-sipe currently for Communicator 2010 –  Marco Ceppi Aug 17 '10 at 13:48
I am using the same. Not perfect, especially for managing my online status, but i don't know of anything better. –  Little Jawa Aug 18 '10 at 5:14
looks like pidgin-sipe is really the best option –  Supowski Aug 18 '10 at 5:31
The only option from what I can see (short of running the native client through WINE or a VM) –  Oli Aug 18 '10 at 8:13
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As it was said, you can use either Empathy (installed by default on UBuntu) or Pidgin (available in the Software Centre), as long as you install the following plug-in which works for both: pidgin-sipe.

There is a detailed explanation of the steps on this forum thread: http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1291311

Look for Huygens' (myself) posts.

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pidgin-sipe works very well, make sure your office communicator server and proxy server (if necessary) is set correctly.

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