[jitsi-dev] Feature request: Skype (IM)


#1

Greetings,

I installed Jitsi today on Linux and I think it is more powerful than popular clients like Pidgin. It provides out-of-the-box security for end users and that a huge plus to Jitsi.

As many knows, skype has introduced skype web <https://web.skype.com/en/>. I have tried it and it provides a similar experience to native skype clients. After the deprecation of SkypeKit <http://www.disruptivetelephony.com/2014/07/skype-shuts-down-skypekit-and-the-skype-developer-website.html>, many third-party applications have stopped working (e.g IM clients that supported skype then).
However, with the new Interface, it is possible to get text messages and there is already a plugin for Pidgin called skypeweb for pidgin <https://github.com/EionRobb/skype4pidgin/tree/master/skypeweb>. It provides instant messaging but it's not finished yet. The developer is working alone on this plugin (with others testing and reporting bugs).

I am not a developer, so I do not know about the possibilities of implementing (and maybe extending to audio calls ?) this idea. Security-wise, this is still skype.

All in all, I am a skype user and a new Jitsi user. It would be great to see Skype(IM) in Jitsi. I am thinking of making a transition to the Jabber network, but then I would lose communication with skype contacts and that is another issue.

Thanks for continuously developing Jitsi. It is extremely user-friendly and does a great job in security.

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/Regards/,
/Ahmad/


#2

Would your Skype contacts try XMPP too?

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On 18/10/15 20:14, Ahmad Youssef wrote:

All in all, I am a skype user and a new Jitsi user. It would be great to
see Skype(IM) in Jitsi. I am thinking of making a transition to the
Jabber network, but then I would lose communication with skype contacts
and that is another issue.


#3

Hi,

Jabber/XMPP supports communicating with users of other IM networks through the use of gateways (or, alternately, Transports). The idea is that you sign in to XMPP and the server signs you in to your other networks, and you can do all your chatting through just the one XMPP connection.

So, another way of dealing with this problem is by using an XMPP service that offers a gateway to Skype. I can’t recommend a specific XMPP service that does that because I’m not using Skype. You can search on Google to find one and, I if you decide to go that path, I think we all would love to hear back some feedback.

Best,
George

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On Oct 18, 2015, at 1:20 PM, Daniel Pocock <daniel@pocock.pro> wrote:

On 18/10/15 20:14, Ahmad Youssef wrote:

All in all, I am a skype user and a new Jitsi user. It would be great to
see Skype(IM) in Jitsi. I am thinking of making a transition to the
Jabber network, but then I would lose communication with skype contacts
and that is another issue.

Would your Skype contacts try XMPP too?

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#4

www.jabbim.com offers xmpp gateway to skype (you have to pay/donate few
EUR/year for this so-called "VIP-service", which I am currently using
with Jitsi client), only texting works, no audio/video, skype must not
be installed on the machine

MS

(several attempt to switch all my skype buddies to XMPP have mostly
failed, so I try to compromise...)

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On 10/18/15 9:33 PM, George Politis wrote:

Hi,

Jabber/XMPP supports communicating with users of other IM networks through the use of gateways (or, alternately, Transports). The idea is that you sign in to XMPP and the server signs you in to your other networks, and you can do all your chatting through just the one XMPP connection.

So, another way of dealing with this problem is by using an XMPP service that offers a gateway to Skype. I can’t recommend a specific XMPP service that does that because I’m not using Skype. You can search on Google to find one and, I if you decide to go that path, I think we all would love to hear back some feedback.

Best,
George

On Oct 18, 2015, at 1:20 PM, Daniel Pocock <daniel@pocock.pro> wrote:

On 18/10/15 20:14, Ahmad Youssef wrote:

All in all, I am a skype user and a new Jitsi user. It would be great to
see Skype(IM) in Jitsi. I am thinking of making a transition to the
Jabber network, but then I would lose communication with skype contacts
and that is another issue.

Would your Skype contacts try XMPP too?

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#5

Hi,

@Daniel,
No, it's much harder than you think. Needless to say, Facebook and the likes of "Whatsapp, viber, Line, ...etc." are now the main connection methods (or trends, you can say).

@George,
Thanks for the explanation. What are the privacy issues when using XMPP gateway service ? Isn't this the same as connecting to skype directly ?

@Mr.Smith,
Thanks for the info. I will try Jabbim and search for alternatives if necessary. It seems XMPP will be the way to go.
(and yes, it's not easy especially if there's a lot. Most tends to use newer and fancy social networks)

/Regards/,
/Ahmad/

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On 10/19/2015 01:14 PM, Mr.Smith wrote:

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www.jabbim.com offers xmpp gateway to skype (you have to pay/donate few
EUR/year for this so-called "VIP-service", which I am currently using
with Jitsi client), only texting works, no audio/video, skype must not
be installed on the machine

MS

(several attempt to switch all my skype buddies to XMPP have mostly
failed, so I try to compromise...)

On 10/18/15 9:33 PM, George Politis wrote:

Hi,

Jabber/XMPP supports communicating with users of other IM networks through the use of gateways (or, alternately, Transports). The idea is that you sign in to XMPP and the server signs you in to your other networks, and you can do all your chatting through just the one XMPP connection.

So, another way of dealing with this problem is by using an XMPP service that offers a gateway to Skype. I can’t recommend a specific XMPP service that does that because I’m not using Skype. You can search on Google to find one and, I if you decide to go that path, I think we all would love to hear back some feedback.

Best,
George

On Oct 18, 2015, at 1:20 PM, Daniel Pocock <daniel@pocock.pro> wrote:

On 18/10/15 20:14, Ahmad Youssef wrote:

All in all, I am a skype user and a new Jitsi user. It would be great to
see Skype(IM) in Jitsi. I am thinking of making a transition to the
Jabber network, but then I would lose communication with skype contacts
and that is another issue.

Would your Skype contacts try XMPP too?

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