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Microsoft Releases Skype For Linux 4.2, Has Bug-Fixes
Well, not quite. XMPP for client to client is still supported for text chats and this is an important piece for interoperability with other clients like Pidgin and Adium. What has been dropped is server side federation. Unfortunate, but not the end of the world.
Or in other terms:
XMPP has been deprecated and is only kept for legacy reasons and only for the time being.