Although Skype was recently purchased by Microsoft, it won’t be the first video calling service to land on the company’s Windows Phone Mango mobile operating system. That award goes to Tango, a third-party cross-platform messenger that made its Windows Phone debut on the HTC Titan back in September.
You no longer have to buy a new HTC handset to enjoy the service, however, because it is now available to download from the Windows Phone Marketplace. Tango is both free to download, and free to use, but you will need a device equipped with a front-facing camera that’s running the latest Mango OS. That means Nokia’s new Lumia 800, which doesn’t feature a front-facing camera, won’t be able to get in on the action.
Because it’s a cross-platform messenger, your friends don’t have to have a Windows Phone device to see your face. Like Skype, Tango is also available to a range of devices for Android, iOS, and PC users.
If Tango doesn’t get you talking for any reason, an official Skype application for Windows Phone handsets is expected to appear shortly.
Check out the clip at the top to see Tango in action on Windows Phone.
Have you used Tango on Windows Phone yet?