Tips for using Rooms on other phones

Tips for using Rooms on other phones

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[This post was written by Lavanya Vasudevan, program manager for the Rooms feature in Windows Phone 8.]

What if someone I want to invite to my new Room doesn’t have Windows Phone 8?

It’s a good question, and as program manager for the feature, one I often get. As Juliette wrote in her post, Rooms lets you share notes, a calendar, photos, and participate in a group chat with people you choose. As you might guess, the feature works best when everyone has Windows Phone 8.

But it doesn’t mean friends and family are shut out if they don’t. With the exception of group chat, Rooms features are all available on other devices. So even if your mom’s on iPhone, your daughter has a Windows Phone 7, and your cousin has a Surface tablet, they can still join the fun (once they accept the invitation on their phones). Here’s how.

Calendar

On Windows Phone 7, iPhone, or a Windows 8 device: Add your Microsoft account as an email account on your device. Then the room calendar will show up alongside your other calendars, with the same name as the room.

On Android: First get the free Hotmail app from Google Play, and sign in to the app with your Microsoft account. Then go to the calendar app on your device to turn on the room calendar. It will show up with the same name as the room. Note: Due to differences in software versions and devices, not all features may work exactly as they do on Windows Phone 8.

Photos and videos

On Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android, or a Windows 8 device: Get the free SkyDrive app from your app store, and sign in to the app with your Microsoft account. The room photos will show up as a shared folder, with the same name as the room.

Notes

On Windows Phone 7, iPhone, Android, or a Windows 8 device: Get the free OneNote app from your app store, and sign in to the app with your Microsoft account. The room notes will show up as a shared notebook, with the same name as the room.

See also: Rooms on Windows Phone 8 and iPhone

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  • OOOPPPPS  Here is the site www.windowsphone.com/.../rooms-on-windows-phone-7-and-iphone

  • Here is the pathetically weak site that explains how to use Rooms on iPhones.  PPPLLLLLEAAASEEEE replace this page with quality info and replace this blog post with more quality info.  Thank you.

  • There is a much more prominent page that shows up when trying to figure out how to use Rooms on other phones.  That page is really bad.  No mention of Android.  No mention of apps to download.  The success of this feature is its ability to work with others.  The void of quality information on this subject makes it frustrating for iPhone and Android users and they use that as a way to knock Windows 8. In fact it creates conflict between people (my wife just yelled at me yesterday and is still angry because I wanted to use this feature to coordinate and she had such a horribly frustrating experience). You need to do a quality education video on this topic and make sure all your published web sites on this subject all go to the quality information. Short of this you are doing a complete disservice to this great feature and to the brand of Windows 8 phone.

  • Trying to invite a WP8.5 person, but on their phone I get the message "Can't join room" and "You've been invited to join a Windows Phone Room, but your web browser language isn't supported at this time" with a code at the bottom of "2a415bad-d863-47b2-85b2-e2da4d7fdd36". I am using both phones in Denmark in Danis. How can this be worked around?

    My phone is Nokia Lumia 920

  • Trying to invite a WP7.5 person, but on their phone I get the message "Can't join room" and "You've been invited to join a Windows Phone Room, but your web browser language isn't supported at this time" with a code at the bottom of "2a415bad-d863-47b2-85b2-e2da4d7fdd36". I am using both phones in Canada in English. How can this be worked around?

  • Hi Gatorhouse -- If that Gmail account is the same email address you used to sign up for a Microsoft account, then yes, you'll need to add it again, but this time under “Hotmail” in your iPhone account settings. Sorry if that wasn't clear.

    Robble, the post was written by Lavanya, the PM for the feature (see the note at the very top). I only posted it.

  • robble
    4 Posts

    "It’s a good question, and as program manager for the feature, one I often get. As Juliette wrote in her post, Rooms lets you share notes,"

    Your name comes up as the author for this post too, Juliette. Who wrote it?

    And if blogging software is confusing, then this may be too: When are we going to hear about full backup on WP7.x and WP8? Neither has proper backup, and I can't even shift my SMSes, savegames, linked contacts etc to WP8. What's the story?

  • So this is clear as mud to me.  My account that I used to sign in is a gmail account (on my iphone) that being said, its already added as an email account on the phone.  Can't add it twice....now what?

  • John T
    0 Posts

    @Shooty - perhaps MS may be considering AccountManager integration on the next release- the thing to remember is that Rooms is a feature of Windows Phone so it's more likely to be better configured in it's parent environment.

    I just wish I could get Rooms to link onto a Symbian device - the wife can't get on with touch screens

  • I'm sure MS will release a rooms app for Android, and iOS, that will compile all these features together for other devices.

  • Shooty
    1 Posts

    Seems that set up would be a lot less complicated on Android if the Microsoft apps used the AccountManager properly so that signing in just one of the apps would register a universal Microsoft account and enable automatic sign-ins on all the other apps. Current practice of registering "shell" accounts for each app which don't actually do anything doesn't make much sense, since having all of the different services under the same Microsoft account would be much better for branding and convince more people to switch to your ecosystem.

  • Heh, with three different apps as workarounds, this should be interesting to implement on my family's Android phones...