Tango to offer first Windows Phone 7 videophone app

Microsoft may have bought Skype earlier this month but the first Skype app for Windows Phone 7 seems to be still in development. That leaves the door open for one of its rivals. Forbes reports that Tango will offer its own videophone app for Windows Phone 7 users which will be released on November 7.

Tango has previously released videophone apps for the iOS, Android and most recently for the PC. As far as the new Windows Phone 7 app, Tango founder and Chief Technology Officer Eric Setton says, "I think Microsoft sees video-calling as a killer app for holiday season sales [of Windows Phone devices]. And no other video-calling company besides us will be out on Windows Phone [before the holidays].”

At the moment, Tango has 25 million registered users. That's well behind Skype's numbers which Microsoft bought for a cool $8.5 billion. However, the fact that Tango will have a videophone app for Windows Phone 7 ahead of Skype has to be a little embarrassing for both Skype and Microsoft.

Tango did get some help from Microsoft in order to develop its WP7 app, according to Setton. That included assistance with accessing the smartphone's processor for improved video resolution along with some user interface advice and more. Setton said, "We were thinking, after this big [Skype] acquisition, there was no chance they would help us. Kudos to them.” There's no word yet on which Windows Phone 7-based devices will have the Tango app.

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O i was so confused reading this until i realized tango is another company i got confused because the next update is called tango god I'm really dumb lol

Honestly, how come everytime we see a video calling advertisement poster, it always has to have people laughing in the middle of it? I'm starting to wonder what the hell is so funny here, because most people I know who use video calling aren't laughing all of the time like some crazy idiot.

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I made a mistake in just recently getting a new android phone without a front facing camera. School boy error and should have looked for it. Especially after having used Skype on my old Desire while away on holiday.

Dan Balthaser said,
Holy confusing title! I thought we were getting details on the Tango update...

Same here. Kind of disappointing. lol

Samsung has already had a video calling app in the marketplace for quite a whiles... over standard 3G video calls no less. Shame they haven't actually released a phone that can use it

eilegz said,
which sadly it wont work for this new Nokia Lumia since they forgot to add a front face camera...

I just hope that it works at least the back camera, otherwise no one would be able to use this app

daniel_rh said,

I just hope that it works at least the back camera, otherwise no one would be able to use this app

it's been demonstrated that it does work with the back camera.

daniel_rh said,

I just hope that it works at least the back camera, otherwise no one would be able to use this app

it's been demonstrated that it does work with the back camera.

daniel_rh said,

I just hope that it works at least the back camera, otherwise no one would be able to use this app

it's been demonstrated that it does work with the back camera.

daniel_rh said,

I just hope that it works at least the back camera, otherwise no one would be able to use this app

it's been demonstrated that it does work with the back camera.

At the end of the day, a massive install base being supported on WP7 is a very good thing, so it's a win/win for Microsoft really.

The Teej said,
At the end of the day, a massive install base being supported on WP7 is a very good thing, so it's a win/win for Microsoft really.

Absolutely. I'm not surprised at all that they would help.