We thought Microsoft gave us the full Windows Phone 8 scoop earlier this summer, but apparently not. According to The Verge, the Redmond company is reportedly preparing to introduce a new group chat feature that'll allow users to exchange information such as calendar items, photos and notes. Think of it as a mobile AOL chatroom.

Billed as supplemental option to Windows Phone's Groups feature and People Hub, the aim of Rooms is to create a private environment among family and friends so that you can plan your next outing together, and also show embarrassing media. It's essentially Microsoft's flavor of BBM and Apple's iMessage.

The new feature will allegedly launch with the many Windows Phone 8 devices on tap to launch this year, so we might even be able to expect a teaser at tomorrow's Nokia/Microsoft unveil. It sounds like a really cool feature that's a natural extension of Windows Phone's already great social experience.

[via TheVerge]