Sweet fancy Moses! I thought this would NEVER happen.
I have tested empathy a few weeks ago but I couldn't see any advantages over pdigin. In fact it even couldn't handle file transfer and Video was XMPP only.
Empathy's lack of support for meta-contacts is pretty annoying. It's also very far down in the future on their roadmap, which is even more annoying... So far pidgin does what I want. Too bad I still have to keep Ekiga and Skype around though. I'd prefer to drop skype...
Would it now be possible to make a libpurple plugin for Skype?
It will be a cold day in hell when Skype's protocol gets reverse engineered. I wouldn't mind if such encrypted secret protocols were made illegal.
A better idea would be to have an alternative become popular. But that will need some major marketing effort.