After a short existence it appears Microsoft has pulled the plug on it’s KIN line of phones. The phones were targeted at a “hip” generation of young people, and even got a series of commercials produced that highlighted the product. When it was released, there were many questions raised about whether the product would be successful.


With Windows Phone 7 on the near horizon, the KIN phones were almost destined for failure. Now that the KIN is dead, Europe is no longer expected to get it in the fall. It shouldn’t really come as a surprise that Microsoft is moving their internal KIN team to work on Windows Phone 7. So another product is a dismal failure and here is Microsoft’s response.

We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 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.”

So Verizon will continue to sell KIN phones, probably trying to make up for whatever losses they incur on their investment in the product. From the very first reviews the phone did not seem to have much hope of success. Even the much needed price drop couldn’t save it. The KIN was even featured on a recent TV show, which is ironic considering the news today.

So there we have it, but maybe one products failure could be another products success? With more hands to work on the upcoming release of Windows Phone 7, maybe there is some positive news to be had from this after all. I am sure that Microsoft is really hoping for a successful launch so they can put the KIN behind them.