I’ve just moved a couple of my chat and IRC accounts over to Thunderbird 15 to see how they look. After all, one communications application is better than three. Mozilla have a good instruction set here and they work well for standard chat accounts.
However, most corporations using in house XMPP servers with self signed certificates and these fail with no error messages whatsoever. It was by fluke I found this post: How to Make Thunderbird Chat Work with Most XMPP/Jabber Accounts. Thanks for doing the legwork Rod, this helped a lot.