By Harry McCracken | Friday, September 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm
A year go, Laura Locke wrote about Tango, a video-calling app for iOS or Android that had signed up a million users in just a few weeks. That was impressive–but now it has more than 23 million members. Starting today, it’s giving them and new recruits a Windows version of the app.
The Windows version of Tango is interoperable with the phone ones. And rather than coming up with an all-new interface, the Tango folks did something unexpected: They gave it almost exactly the same look and feel as the iPhone one, as you can see in the screen above. It’s basically like having a virtual iPhone running Tango. (You can opt to remove the fake iPhone 4 trim, but even then, the app is very similar to the iOS incarnation of Tango.)
When the company gave me a peek at the Windows app, my instinct was “This is gimmicky, and I hope that Apple isn’t ticked off by it.” But it kind of makes sense. If you know how to use Tango on a phone, you know how to use it on Windows. (There’s no Mac version yet; the company’s still thinking about it.)
Tango competes with Skype and with Apple’s FaceTime, works over Wi-Fi and 3G/4G, is nicely done–and is free. If you’re one of those 23 million users, let us know what you think.