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ROADMAP: Microsoft plans to bring KIN Studio features to Windows Phone 7
Posted by Arne Hess - on Sunday, 09.01.11 - 13:00:00 CET under 02 - Windows Mobile News - Viewed 13404x
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When Microsoft launched KIN last year (and killed it later again), it also introduced a cloud-based web service for KIN phones called KIN Studio. While Windows Phone 7 has a similar Web service under the brand, the KIN Studio went even further since almost everything created on a KIN phone was available in the cloud from any Web browser. Photos and videos were synchronized and presented in an online visual timeline so they were easy to view and share. Also the KIN Studio automatically backed up text messages, call history and contacts - and populated a personalized digital journal so it was easy to go back in time to relive a crazy weekend or recent birthday.

While also Windows Phone 7 can automatically upload photos to Windows Live as well as people can remotely find and ring their Windows Phone 7 if misplace, the Windows Phone 7 MyPhone Windows Live site has fewer features than KIN Studio; in some parts it even has less features than the previous MyPhone site for Windows Mobile 6.5 devices. Nevertheless, at an interview with Seattle Times, Aaron Woodman, Director of the mobile communications business at Microsoft, said now that "it's in the roadmap to build out more KIN Studio-like services for Windows Phone 7" and added "We have a very, very small baby step with Windows Phone Live. It's definitely part of the road map to have enriched services that make the phone more meaningful, and the Web more meaningful".

While the whole KIN story was somewhat sad, and the KIN devices were totally under-spec'd, it's a common agreement in the industry that the KIN Studio was something new and interesting since it provided a totally different user experience. Therefore it would make much sense for Microsoft to use as much KIN assets as possible to enrich the Windows Phone 7 user experience and adding a new layer of differentiation to its competitors.

Unfortunately, Microsoft has yet not announced when it plans to release first KIN Studio features for Windows Phone 7 nor has the company given any further details which features it has in mind to bring to Windows Phone 7.

Cheers ~ Arne

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