The product was set for retirement sometimes back in March, but Microsoft has had a change of heart. Rooms will now be retired next month, the company has announced.
The February announcement pointed towards March.
However, the software titan silently pushed the date further, as Windows Phone users are still able to use the Rooms feature on their handsets. Users now have until June 2015 to use the application, after which it will be discontinued.
Microsoft confirmed this new timeframe in emails sent to Windows Phone users:
“You may previously have received an email from Windows Phone or seen news about the rooms feature for Windows Phone being discontinued soon. While we decided to keep it around a little longer than we’d originally planned, support for rooms will end in June 2015.
Once support ends, you’ll still be able to view and use your room photo albums, calendars, and notes – but you will no longer be able to create new rooms or have access to chats.”
Standard deal, only the date is different.
As noted above, Windows Phone 8 and Windows Phone 8.1 users will be able to see their existing Rooms on their smartphones. Additionally, photo albums, calendars and notes will still be visible, though creating new rooms or making membership and permission changes will not be possible.
Also, Windows 10 Mobile users will no longer see rooms on their smartphones, though they will still have access to photo albums, calendars and notes via the web.
The company has also put up a FAQ page for end of support for the Rooms feature for Windows Phone users, with details on how the upcoming changed will have an effect.
Needless to say, if you have some important stuff there, make sure you save it, before moving to Windows 10 Mobile.
This is, after all, a feature destined for retirement.