As Gizmodo reports, Microsoft has immediately pulled the plug out of its social phone, better known as the KIN, just six weeks after it was launched with Verizon in the United States. According to Gizmodo's sources, there won't be a separate KIN product anymore. Furthermore, the whole KIN team will be moved into the Windows Phone 7 team to focus on Windows Phone 7! While neither Microsoft nor Verizon (or Sharp) have unveiled any sales figures, the success seems to be somewhat underwhelming, after all the years of development and costs. While current KIN customers will still get support from Microsoft, it's yet uncertain what will happen to the future of promised software and feature updates.
Microsoft has released an official statement, that the company made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 and has no further plans to ship KIN in Europe (on Vodafone - unlike the KIN team said on Twitter just 5 hours ago) this fall as initially announced. The KIN team will be integrated into the Windows Phone 7 team to incorporate valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. Last but not least, Microsoft said that it will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.
At the end, it might mean that the KIN-Studio, which is a pretty nice way to keep the device synchronized with the cloud, will make it into Windows Phone 7.
Cheers ~ Arne