Well that didn’t last long. Microsoft launched the Kin, it got terrible reviews, they pummeled the airwaves with advertising, but still only sold 500 units. That’s right… 500. Then they sent the Kin to an early death.
The entire Kin development team will become part of the Windows Phone 7 development team so obviously the company still has faith in the folks that built the Kin. There were some nice elements of the Kin such as cloud support and Kin Studio, and hopefully Microsoft will keep those alive. We’re also hoping that Microsoft supports those 500 people with whatever problems they have and perhaps even software upgrades. But if it were me… I’d just pay them enough money to get an Android or iPhone and put the whole miserable Kin thing behind me.
Here is the Official Statement:
“We have made the decision to focus on our Windows Phone 7 launch 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.”
I also feel bad for the Kin team who probably worked long and hard on the Kin only to immediately find out, “Your product sucks so bad that we can’t give it away for free.” That’s my quote, by the way, because I probably wouldn’t take it for free.