While adding my communicator account in pidgin was a cakewalk, i am struggling with the connection preferences in empathy. can anyone give me the steps?
Just based on my experience:
I presume that you used SIPE in pidgin. The easiest way is to configure your account first in pidgin and use the import feature in Empathy.
If after import the account is not listed, just add another dummy account in Empathy and both should show up fine (looks like a bug in listing the accounts when only one account is configured). You can keep the dummy account set to "Disabled" or "Off".
Building on gokul's answer:
Command to pull "import" your account from pidgin is "empathy-accounts" from the command line.
After the import I had to modify the account setting by updating the username and password with proper account credentials. User name was domain\username - was listed in the account name -just moved it from there.
I still do not see the account listed in accounts even with a dummy account added but other than that it is working.