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".