Microsoft cancels Kin
After only two months on the shelf, Microsoft has pulled the plug on the Kin smartphone. Rumors are circulating that the company only sold about 500 units.
Initially, Microsoft wanted a cloud-centric phone that could cost less than a Blackberry. The phone would target teens and young adults who didn’t need a high-priced smartphone. In the end, though, Kin’s service cost just as much as any other extended service.
The Kin team will be refocused on developing Windows Phone 7. Verizon will continue selling the Kin units it has in stock. Microsoft has a tablet in the works that will compete with the iPad.
The bottom line: the Kin was not able to compete with the iPhone or Blackberry. The Kin seemed destined to fail. Better sooner than later.