Ok, its Nokia World Day and I know you’re rather jumpy for rumours, scoops and sneak previews about the upcoming Nokia Windows Phones. WP Sauce has also been part of the excitement previewing, speculating, scooping, reporting and analysing about it. But before you jump again and start resetting your calendar for the Tango update for the Windows Phone OS, let me clarify that this post is about the Tango Video Chat App that has been in the works for some time.
Forbes is reporting that the cross platform Video Chat app, which is already available for iOS and Android and recently launched for Windows PC, is about to be released for Windows Phones in less than 2 weeks on 7 Nov 2011. In an interview with the Forbes magazine, Tango’s founder and CTO, Eric Setton has lauded Microsoft for closely co-operating with Tango to bring this app in time for the holiday season, leap frogging Skype as the first video calling solution on WP Mango handsets. In his opinion, ”Microsoft sees video-calling as a killer app for holiday season sales” and hence they collaborated with Tango in advising them on UI design and technical issues. The Tango app for WP closely follows the Metro design priciple as can be seen in this video.
Microsoft’s co-operation with Tango inspite of their $8.5 billionn acquisition of Skype reveals a fresh approach towards integration of 3rd party apps which is very welcome. While it does provide them with a ready made solution for boosting sales in the coming holiday season while they work on deeply integrating Skype in their ecosystem, it also means that Microsoft is not adopting a Skype-only stance for VOIP and video call features. Its really putting people first in order to give them choice and to allow them to make video calls to their friends on other platforms, thereby preventing ghetto-isation of WP users. Yet, since Tango provides more or less the same features as Skype, it may mean that Microsoft has plans to implement Skype integration in its ecosystem in a manner to provide much greater functionality and user satisfaction than third party apps. So, while Skype on WP7 is still some months away, go on video calling your friends with Tango from 7 Nov onwards if you have a Mango handset. I do hope though, that users with devices that do not have a front facing camera, can also use the app if they wish to show the scenery to their friends.