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Microsoft Discontinues the Kin

Wednesday, June 30th, 2010

Microsoft released the Kins One and Two on May 6 on Verizon. A few weeks later there was a price drop. Today, June 30, Microsoft pulled the plug.

“We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned,” the company said. “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.”

The commercials always looked overdone. It was a little too much hype for such a small, irrelevant device. I knew it wouldn’t do well, and the price drop confirmed it. I didn’t expect it to die this quickly though. I’m sure all the @Kin fans on Twitter will be surprised to learn the news. A quick look at the page shows Europeans really excited about the coming launch. Bummer for them.

Microsoft is rolling the Kin project into Windows Phone 7, according to CNET. Kin will still be available to Verizon customers, but it is officially done. I would imagine there will be another price drop in the near future. Something along the lines of Free.

There will be lots of speculation as to what happened. Some reports are saying it was dead before it launched. Others said it was a personnel shift that killed it. Either way, the Kin is gone. Microsoft tried to point out that it is still a market leader in almost all of its products, but it has been a very long time since I have heard anything about a Microsoft phone. In theory Windows Phone 7 is supposed to change all this. Now that the project just gained a lot of former Kin team members, perhaps the phone will be usable. I don’t know of anyone who is anxiously awaiting it though, and I think that is part of what caused the Kin’s early demise. I am sure we’ll be hearing a lot more about this in the near future. Microsoft will try to save face, opponents will blast Microsoft, but the fact remains that this is a failed Microsoft project. Since competition is good for consumers, let’s hope the Windows Phone 7 gives iPhone and Android some sort of push-back. We’ll have to wait and see.