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Rooms on Windows Phone 7 and iPhone

Rooms on Windows Phone 8 let you privately share a calendar, notes, a photo album, and group chat with the family or friends you invite to join. You can see your rooms and their content in one place in the People Hub.

If you have a Windows Phone 7 or an iPhone, you can join a room that someone with a Windows Phone 8 creates and invites you to. You'll be able to set up the room's shared calendar on your phone and view, create, and edit events on it. Your changes will appear on the other members' phones and their changes will sync to yours. Other Rooms features work best on Windows Phone 8.

Tip

Getting an error when you try to join a room on your iPhone? Make sure your phone's web browser is set to accept cookies, then try again.

Note

Rooms for Windows Phone 7 and iPhone is not available in all countries and regions.

To set up the room calendar on your Windows Phone 7

Set up the Microsoft account you used to join the room on your phone (you may see it as Windows Live or Hotmail). The calendar will show up alongside your other calendars.

To set up the room calendar on your iPhone

Go to your iPhone's settings and add the Microsoft account you used to join the room as an email account on your phone (you may see it as Windows Live or Hotmail).

Notes

  • Group chat in Rooms is only available on Windows Phone 8. Room members with a Windows Phone 7 or iPhone won't be able to participate.
  • Group chat in Rooms is powered by Messenger, so when you join a room, you'll become Messenger friends with the other members. (Chat won't work if you're using a Windows Phone 7 or iPhone, but if you switch to a Windows Phone 8 in the future, you'll be able to take part.) If someone new joins the room later on, you'll become Messenger friends with them, too. If you leave or are removed from a room, you'll still be Messenger friends with the other members unless you unfriend them on Messenger. You can do this using the Messenger app on your computer.

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