The world is abuzz with the news, Microsoft Shuts down Kin Project. With so much going on in the Mobile World, is it really that bad. Apple at the moment is having the worst trouble with the largest release of their new iPhone 4 having hardware issues and their apparent unwillingness to help it’s customers. The real question is: Does Microsoft dropping Kin really look that bad on Microsoft?
Look at the problems with the Microsoft Kin. It was released only a few months ago. Sales of the Kin have been minimal, but is it Microsoft’s fault? Users haven’t really complained that the phone wasn’t any good aside from the look. The biggest complaint was the initial phone pricing and data plan pricing through Verizon.
There was a lot to like about the applications on the phone. The Kin Spot was one as well as the Kin Studio. Setting the look of the phone and the ridiculous data plan pricing aside, what if you took the good software from the Kin with a better Mobile OS and put it on let’s say an HTC. I could almost certainly say it would have been more popular.
You have to give Microsoft credit. They saw the phone was failing and came right out and admitted, it’s a waste of time, we failed. That’s a lot more than the other Manufacturer of said :cough: iPhone 4 :cough: is wanting to admit.
The Kin was not Microsoft’s biggest Mobile release. Aimed at the younger generation, sure it was a touchy (test) to begin with. Now Microsoft has been given a chance to learn from it and add the positive to the much anticipated Windows Phone 7.
The Kin Project Team has now been merged into the Windows Phone 7 Team, and hopefully we will see a couple of the useful apps Kin included on the Windows Phone 7
Microsoft Official Statement:
“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.“
Note: These are just my point of view, and are not reflected back on TWC.