Microsoft Kin Says So Long
June 30, 2010 | Windows Phone | 4 Comments|
Well this will come as no big shock to many of you but as the title says, the Microsoft Kin that is exclusive to Verizon and was planned to head on over to Europe soon will be heading to the mobility graveyard in the sky. From a Microsoft PR:
We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”
So long Kin, we hardly knew you…
I actually thought the KIN was a really good concept. They just screwed the pooch when they cluttered up the screen so much plus the automatic backup feature necessitated Verizon requiring a full data plan.
The Kin’s best features are alot more useful and tolerable being implemented in WP7 where people expect to have to pay for data plans since it is a smartphone.
i just hope that wm7 phones dont end up looking anything near what the kin looks like. i very much dislike the styling
Well this doesn’t play well for Microsoft’s ability to read the market and forecast what consumers are looking for in a cell phone. Hope the team that developed the strategy for the Kin are moving out the door and not down the hall to the WP7 command center.
This is looking like the big gorilla (Microsoft) starting to work on something, say back in 2005, and despite delay after delay, the organization is so rigid, they can’t adapt to things changing around them. That is a recipe for disaster. Think, U.S. Military.
Maybe Microsoft should consider spinning off their mobile phone division, creating a flexible and agile group that can change direction as quickly as the market does.
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