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Connecting Skype to Flowdock

By @abs

Before Slack, before HipChat, before team chat became a thing, there was Skype. It was created with the promise of connecting with long-lost relatives in faraway places, by way of fuzzy video and intermittent audio.

It wasn't the first, and it certainly wasn't the perfect solution, but—almost in a form of a side effect—Skype offered a chance for groups to communicate in real-time through text-based chat. This functionality proved so effective, that Skype turned into the de facto business chat tool for a great many companies.

But, as always, something new comes along and people move on to bigger and greater things. However, what do you do with a bigger and greater thing—let’s say Flowdock—if some folks in a particularly active Skype group just won’t hear any of it?

In the perfect world, you'd use a built-in interoperability solution, like XMPP, to connect Flowdock to Skype. But, XMPP is dead and replacements are nascent.

Our Hangouts integration announcement offers additional thoughts on XMPP's history and fate.

Since Skype killed off XMPP support, you can no longer—theoretically, in practice Flowdock never supported XMPP—get Flowdock to interoperate with Skype for free, but you can buy this interoperability, from us. It's relatively affordable and very reliable.

Below, we explain how to connect a conversation in Skype to a flow in Flowdock. Once connected, all messages and files* between the Skype conversation and Flowdock flow will be mirrored, in real-time.

* Actually, files from Flowdock to Skype will not be stored in Skype. Instead, Sameroom will host them for 24 hours. For more info, see Skype limitations.

Instructions

Make sure you've got a flow in Flowdock ready. Create one, if not. (Same for Skype.) Then, follow these steps:

You can manage the resulting Tube on your Manage dashboard. To fine-tune how message appear on either side of the Tube, see posting options.

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