Microsoft pulls the plug on KIN

1 Jul

Barely weeks after its launch on Verizon, Microsoft has decided to pull the plugs on its teenager-centric, social phones called KIN. While we were no big fans of the KINs considering their monthly subscription plans were expensive ($60 a month!) and it was functionally flawed, Microsoft’s decision to pull the plug so soon comes as a surprise.

According to a Microsoft statement to CNET, the company won’t be shipping the KIN to Europe as it was announced earlier. Instead, it will integrate the KIN team (essentially ex-Danger employees) into its Windows Phone 7 team.

Microsoft had acquired Danger, the maker of Sidekick range of devices that were popular with teenagers, in 2008. The company wanted to create a product that was cheaper than a smartphone and connected to the cloud for storage and interactivity. The project was codenamed Pink and the result was the two KIN devices – the KIN One and the KIN Two. (You can read more about the KIN here.)

With devices running on Windows Phone 7 expected to be announced in October and the fact that Project Pink was supposed to be separate from Windows Phone 7, it is unlikely that we will see any integration of concepts from KIN into Windows Phone 7 immediately. However, we won’t really mind if Microsoft did integrate the concept of Spot for drag-and-drop sharing and Studio for syncing our media online into Windows Phone 7.

May the KINs rest in peace.

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