Microsoft details how to access WP8 Rooms feature on iOS and Android

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Rooms on WP8 is great, but it is unlikely all the members of your family are using Windows Phone 8 handsets.

Microsoft has detailed how to access the Rooms features on IOS and Android

To access the Rooms the first essential bit is that the other party needs a Microsoft Account also.

On iOS:

To access the shared Calendar : 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.

To access shared photos and videos: Use the free SkyDrive app 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.

To access shared notes: 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.

On Android:

To access the shared Calendar : 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.

To access shared photos and videos: 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.

To access shared notes: 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.

Much of the same tips also apply between Windows Phone 7 and Windows Phone 8, and what is obviously lacking is the group chat and notifications of new activity.

Read more at Microsoft here.

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