New info on expanded Groups features in WP8

New info on expanded Groups features in WP8
The leaks are coming fast and furious for Windows Phone 8 these days. First we saw a lot of information about a variety of new features in WP8, we heard about possible dictation coming to the platform, and now we are hearing more about Groups. For those of you who aren't too familiar with Windows Phone, Groups are part of the People app, which is one of the best parts of the platform. The People app is what Android's People app wants to be, but isn't. People brings together all of your contacts and links their contact data with data from Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Windows Live, giving you real time updates and easy contact access for everyone. 

By organizing your contacts into Groups, you can easily see updates from social networks, send mass texts, or mass e-mails in WP7. Windows Phone 8 looks to be expanding on that functionality by bringing back our old friend from the 90s: chat rooms. This info was pulled from a dll file found in the WP8 SDK:
The "private room" idea is a pretty interesting one, and one that could be pretty useful... as long as it doesn't require everyone to have a Windows Phone. We don't expect Microsoft to lock it in like that, but group chat will need some sort of common platform, so it would make sense if everyone has to be on Facebook or Windows Live. The private room idea actually sounds a lot like what Google is doing with Hangouts, just without the killer feature of group video chat, but Microsoft does have Skype which can do group video, so we'll see. We're definitely excited to hear more about this. 

source: Lord Hanson via WMPU

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7 Comments

1. rsiders

Posts: 1811; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Bring it on baby!

2. Glim12808

Posts: 394; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

This will be an exciting feature in WP8!

3. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

sweet!

4. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

but google+ hangout's group chat is better than skype's...because its free!! in skype you need to pay!!! but i love both of them!!! the problem with skype is that it wont work on opera (using facebook chat) and not on ubuntu OS... while hangout works like a charm!

5. pikapowerize

Posts: 1869; Member since: May 03, 2012

i really wanna see some competitions in mobile market... i hope that iOS ans andriod isnt the only one dominating this world.. i wanna see windows phone 8 ans blackberry 10 have a share in the pie.... i wanna see meego devices by jolla(since nokia is all windows phone now.... they only got two options--- fail or rise!!!! i really wanna see symbian too but not on high end since a lot of people hate and dislike them.. because no ecosystem...i really wanna see symbian on low end instead of horrible S40...lack of apps and no multitasking!!! come on nokia you are better than this!!! and you will be better without elop!!!) i hope to see webOS too!!! breakdown big three(or four) 1.) iOS 2.)Android OS 3.)Windows Phone OS and BlackBerry OS the runner ups(but has visible share) 4.)Jolla MeeGo OS 5.) open webOS (i've heard HP will open webOS, i hope developers and makers will be attracted) others -FireFox OS/Tizen OS(since they are both running html5 not ready for primetime use...especially not all countries are internet ready) -symbian(for low end...i wish) i hope for the best for webOS too!!! one of the first smartphone OSes (blackberry, windows mobile and symbian)

6. Gcombs

Posts: 136; Member since: Aug 22, 2011

I can't wait for WP8! I wish I still had my HTC Trophy for now until WP8 releases. I tried to give Android another try but ICS is still not as smooth and fluid as WP. The constant lag and sometimes freezes is not the experience I can deal with.

7. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

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