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Microsoft Kin on the chopping block

Focus going to Windows Phone 7
By: Don Lynn | Mobile Devices News | Posted: Jul 1, 2010 4:18 am

After only about a month and a half on the market, reports are that Microsoft is pulling the plug on the Kin line of phones. The group that was working on the Kin are being teamed up with those working on Windows Phone 7.




Sales on the device were never as good as Microsoft had hoped after pouring years of development time and money into the pseudo-smartphones. Price cuts and heavy marketing couldn't save the phone from high plan costs associated with the device. Hopefully the Kin team can bring some good ideas to the table of Windows Phone 7 and add to a hopefully stellar product.


The official statement from Microsoft: (via Gizmodo)


"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."



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