Joomla 1.6/1.7 Integration, anything?

In searching, all I continue to find are old extensions for joomla 1.5 and some talk about some other ways of embedding openfire or a client into joomla but nothing much else. I have found many times that I can search for a week and never find anything yet someone can post a lead or two which I would never have found.

I am hoping this might be one of those times.

Thanks for ANY leads you can provide.