On Feb. 17, 2015, Microsoft sent a service update to users of Windows Phone that Rooms, the feature that lets you share pictures, calendars, and notes with your friends and family, will no longer be supported in Windows Phone 8 and 8.1 starting in March 2015. If you are not familiar with Rooms, they are a shared place on your phone with notes, calendars, photo albums, and group chat that you can share with your friends and family. When you create a room, it is set up on each member’s phone and it even works with non- Microsoft phones to a degree. It’s kind of a cool feature, but ultimately adoption seemed to be pretty low.
According to the service update, you’ll still be able to see your existing rooms after March 2015. However, you will not be able to create new rooms or change membership in existing rooms. Rooms were tied to a folder on your OneDrive account so any pictures or notes you stored there will still be there. However, Microsoft warns that any chats in your room will no longer be available. Therefore, if you have important information in those room chats, you should save a copy of the data elsewhere.
Where to find your rooms content
On your Windows Phone, you can find your photos from your room using the OneDrive app. Calendars will still be available using the existing calendar app as well. The OneNote app will continue to find your existing notebooks as well because they are stored on OneDrive. If you are looking for your files from your Web browser, you can find it all at OneDrive.com. You can find the calendar at Outlook.com.
Why is this happening?
In the service update email, Microsoft states they are working on new features in Windows 10 that will help you stay in touch with the people that matter most. These new features that Microsoft is eluding to have not been included in the current build of Windows 10, nor have they been announced. The first public release of Windows 10 Technical Preview for Phones came out last week and the Rooms feature is not present. We’ll have to stay tuned to see what Microsoft has in store.