Microsoft Says It Will No Longer Support Rooms Feature On Windows Phones
Microsoft has decided to end the support for a much-loved feature of its Windows Phone OS, Rooms.
Among many others including customizable live tiles, Nokia Maps, Wallet, and Near Field Communication (NFC), one of the most notable features of the Windows Phone 8 was Rooms. The Rooms and Groups were meant to make the communication process easier and efficient for Windows Phone users.
The feature allowed users to inform, entertain their social circles along with an ease of sharing private calendar, photos, videos and notes. The feature aided not only private conversations but to the group chats as well.
“We’re making way for new features in Windows 10 that will help you stay in touch with the people that matter most,” an email from the company says.
Windows Phone users of now need to get habitual of communication with their friends outside the Rooms. The software giant says Rooms will stop functioning from March. Afterwards, users of Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 will be unable to chat with their Room contacts, create new rooms, add or remove members, or change permissions.
However, the users will be able to look at their current rooms or rather old rooms which they created once.
The announcement by Microsoft is important especially for those who are waiting for Windows 10 Phone OS. The feature is already missing from Windows 10 Preview build released last week. The move by Microsoft reinforces the notion that Windows 10 will be without the support for Rooms and that the company has no plans to integrate the feature in coming versions of Windows 10.
So Rooms will be deleted when the users will update to Windows 10 Technical Preview for phones. Non-updated devices will have the feature which will desist functioning entirely.
The decision of Microsoft to put an end to the Rooms may not be very popular among its users, but the initiative is pretty much in accordance with the company’s production and marketing strategy. The company has been showing its intentions towards spreading its software on multiple operating systems — an objective which group chat features, which requires all members to use Windows phones, might prevent it from achieving.
Abubaker Zahoor writes on diverse topics with special interest in innovations, tech-ethics, and inter-and intra- organizational business relationships.