Microsoft pulls the plug on Kin Studio

The KIN series of devices have been nothing short of a colossal blunder for Microsoft. After being pulled from store shelves after dismal sales, and then reemerging several months later, KIN Studio is now officially closed.

The pulling of the plug on the service is effectively killing the device as much of its original services no longer function. Features including photo sharing, search near me, social media integration are all no longer working on the devices which renders them essentially useless for anything other than making phone calls or texting.  Although WPcentral is reporting that Zune pass still appears to be working over 3G despite originally being told that the service would only work over WiFi. 

This officially marks the end of the Kin program for Microsoft. When it was unveiled it was aimed at teens and was originally supposed to be offered with data plan below that cost less than a plan for a smartphone. But when the monthly pricing was the exact same as a smartphone, the Kin was dead before it ever hit the store shelves. While rumors that Microsoft missed Verizon's deadline for launching the device and that's why they gave it a higher data price point surfaced, the real truth may never be known about the what really happened. 

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My friend got a Kin a few days ago. I pretty much just laughed and told her it was the biggest mistake she could have made.

With the Windows 7 Phone to follow shortly. Not that the phone is not viable in the marketplace, but rather the UI is simply not what consumers want in a smartphone. Microsoft needs to follow the iPhone and Android model for their Windows Phone interface. The current sales are far less than initially predicted, and since launch have been in steady decline. If they do not change the Windows 7 Phone interface in the near future, it will likely join the Kin.

More the ridiculous price of the hardware/contracts. They were meant to be cheap social phones that parents could buy their teenage kids. They ended up being as expensive as the top smartphones and so no one bought them. Really disappointing.

The moment I saw pictures of them two devices leaked however many years ago I thought 'surely not, Microsoft...'

Every bit of news about them since has backed up that first thought, the whole product line reminded me of a church that's trying to be 'down with the kids'.

dave164 said,
Again I swear I heard this months ago.... or was that just that just being announced this was happening.

the announcement was also featured on neowin, so probably that

dave164 said,
Again I swear I heard this months ago.... or was that just that just being announced this was happening.

Yeah I also read about this here on Neowin before.
So it closed 2 times? LOL

Larry David said,
Never heard of this...won't miss it either

For many people, it's the only thing Kin-related that's worth missing. And it'd certainly be welcome on Windows Phone 7.

Larry David said,
Never heard of this...won't miss it either

it was just software that was related to the KIN.. they reallly should of changed the name