Microsoft OCS on Linux

As one of the few, i use a Linux environment on my  laptop for production. Now that we use Microsoft Office Communication Server, I needed to find a way of connecting to Microsoft OSC from my laptop. Luckily more people had this same challenge and so a project was started on for the development of a plugin for pidgin. This plugin “SIPe” ( enables you to communicate with Microsoft OCS.

Unfortunately audio/video chat is not (yet) supported by the plugin, but it should be in the future. Anyway, I was very happy to see that I could use the Instant Messaging options of OCS (most used by me) and that I didn’t have to pull tricks, like using “WineHQ” ( or “Virtualbox/VMware Workstation” ( / to get it all going with detours.

Pidgin OCS Plugin