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No More Rooms Group Chat for Windows Phone

Here’s one of those features that not too many knew about or talked about, but it’s probably going to missed by the people who did. It’s called Rooms and it is an extension of the “People” hub on Windows Phone 8 devices. Rather than engaging in one-on-one flirtations with your significant other, you could get into group chats (oh my!) so that you and your friends can collaborate on where to go for dinner. Alas, Microsoft has decided to take the axe to Rooms like Jack Nicholson in The Shining.

The rationalization is that Microsoft is “making way for new features in Windows 10 that will help you stay in touch with the people that matter most” and they apparently need to make room by getting rid of Rooms. To be fair, while the Rooms group chat function is useful, letting you share photos, notes and calendars in a private way, it is a decidedly closed ecosystem where you could only do the group chat thing with other Windows Phone users.

To this end, it’s probably easier for you to set up a group chat in WhatsApp, BBM or some other third-party solution so that your iPhone and Android-touting friends can get involved too. Indeed, I have a suspicion that Microsoft would rather you use Skype for this purpose and that’s probably how things will roll with Windows 10.

In the meantime, the Rooms that you’ve already set up can still be viewed and used, but messaging within them (and the creation of new ones) will get killed off next month. If you’ve already upgraded to Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones, then you’ll notice that Rooms is already gone.

Via The Verge

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