[AI] Microsoft halts global rollout of Kin phone

Renuka Warriar erenuka at gmail.com
Thu Jul 1 05:03:52 EDT 2010


The Hindu: S & T » Gadgets
SEATTLE, July 1, 2010
Microsoft halts global rollout of Kin phone
AP
File photo of Kin 1, left, and Kin 2, Microsoft’s social messaging
phones. The company halted the rollout of the phones after less than
two months of their launch.
APFile photo of Kin 1, left, and Kin 2, Microsoft’s social messaging
phones. The company halted the rollout of the phones after less than
two months of their launch.

For Microsoft, there will be no next of Kin.

The company halted the rollout of Kin 1 and Kin 2 phones after less
than two months.

Kin phones were aimed at people who wanted a constant stream of
updates from social networks and who wanted to share Web snippets,
photos and video with friends.

But the timing of Kin’s arrival was off. Microsoft had just announced
a new Windows Phone system. And during the years Kin was said to be in
development, smart phones grew more sophisticated. Kin doesn’t have
extra “apps” for download or a GPS mapping function.

Microsoft says it won’t sell the phones in Europe as planned. It will
focus instead on Windows Phone 7. Verizon Wireless will continue to
sell the current Kin phones.

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