More Kin Studio-like features on roadmap for WP7

At the world's biggest consumer technology show CES this week, Microsoft revealed more web app integration on par with Kin Studio is on the roadmap for their recently released mobile operating system, Windows Phone 7.

While the Kin -- a series of phones built around the social networking craze and released in the United States by Microsoft in April last year -- failed to gain traction in the competitive smartphone market and has since been axed, part of the online integration found in the series of devices may live on albeit under a different name and look, namely Kin Studio.

Kin Studio, a free service for Kin owners which is set to close down at the end of the month, was an online service which promised to backup and store media from the array of Kin devices including photos, contacts, videos and messages.

Microsoft's director of the mobile communications business at Microsoft, Aaron Woodman, reportedly confirmed to The Seattle Times, that a number of features found in the Kin Studio service may soon find their way into a future Windows Phone 7 update.

"We have a very, very small baby step with Windows Phone Live," Woodman told the site. "It's definitely part of the road map to have enriched services that make the phone more meaningful, and the Web more meaningful."

While no date for the release of the new features was announced, Woodman suggests that better integration with online services, such as the already available integration with Microsoft's X-Box Live and Windows Phone Live services, will be one of the defining ways Windows Phone 7 can compete with other platforms such as Google's Android operating system.

Kin Studio-like features coming soon to Windows Phone 7 (Image Credit: Microsoft)

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I would think MS would want to avoid anything with the name KIN in it. But yes better bluetooth because i have issues with my HTC Surround syncing all the time with the bluetooth in my Audi Q5.

downhillrider said,
I would think MS would want to avoid anything with the name KIN in it. But yes better bluetooth because i have issues with my HTC Surround syncing all the time with the bluetooth in my Audi Q5.

I'm sure it will be rebranded and / or baked into something else.

xchaser said,
blah I am ****ed at MS for not having better tablets at CES who cares about KIN.

I agree. After Ballmer promised tablets last year you'd think he would realize that he needs to stop relying on hardware partners and start designing his own devices. IBM, HP, Dell and ohers are going with Android because its ready and available. Ballmer needs to get a clue.

ObiWanToby said,
Multitasking is a must. I like having an IM app open in the background.

I agree. This is actually one of the few cases where multitasking is actually necessary to be honest. If they allowed multitasking but required the developer to get approval for those api's, I'd be fine with that to be honest, because I don't want it abused. But I do think it's necessary for IM clients and such.

M_Lyons10 said,

I agree. This is actually one of the few cases where multitasking is actually necessary to be honest. If they allowed multitasking but required the developer to get approval for those api's, I'd be fine with that to be honest, because I don't want it abused. But I do think it's necessary for IM clients and such.

I HONESTLY don't understand the need for an IM Client on WP7 where you can just use txt. Few of my friends share the same IM client I use (WLM) so I have not used it on my phone. Whare are the benefits to using the IM client?

NPGMBR said,

I HONESTLY don't understand the need for an IM Client on WP7 where you can just use txt. Few of my friends share the same IM client I use (WLM) so I have not used it on my phone. Whare are the benefits to using the IM client?

Not wasting money for sending messages?

NPGMBR said,

I HONESTLY don't understand the need for an IM Client on WP7 where you can just use txt. Few of my friends share the same IM client I use (WLM) so I have not used it on my phone. Whare are the benefits to using the IM client?


Well, I would want to get a multi-protocol client like Trillian so it wouldn't matter. But yeah, I'd use that a lot...

How about My Phone support? I'm still shocked that that wasn't built into WP7 honestly given the investment they made for WinMo 6.x so late in the game... And it would have made the transition VERY easy for current WinMo users, so it only made sense...

M_Lyons10 said,
How about My Phone support? I'm still shocked that that wasn't built into WP7 honestly given the investment they made for WinMo 6.x so late in the game... And it would have made the transition VERY easy for current WinMo users, so it only made sense...
It already exists, minus the text message syncing. You can upload all your photos to skydrive, emails with hotmail (or w/e email provider you use), contacts with WL, and calender is synced with WL.

Much better than the WM6 implementation tbh which didn't even link in with WL.

/- Razorfold said,
It already exists, minus the text message syncing. You can upload all your photos to skydrive, emails with hotmail (or w/e email provider you use), contacts with WL, and calender is synced with WL.

Much better than the WM6 implementation tbh which didn't even link in with WL.

Contacts and calendar can also be synced with other services, not just Live. My Contacts are synced with Live, Gmail and Facebook(pulled only) and my Calendars as synced with Live and GCal

/- Razorfold said,
It already exists, minus the text message syncing. You can upload all your photos to skydrive, emails with hotmail (or w/e email provider you use), contacts with WL, and calender is synced with WL.

Much better than the WM6 implementation tbh which didn't even link in with WL.

And that's great, and I'm glad that's there. But I'm a little confused I suppose as to why they wouldn't have leveraged what they did with MyPhone in order to port contacts over from WinMo devices. I know there's a workaround, but I don't have outlook. It's just odd. And to be quite honest, I like the ability to sync my text messages and archive them on MyPhone, so that's a feature that I will miss on WP7 as well. Is there a place you can log in to live to manage everything like there is with MyPhone?

I am glad though that Kin Studio like features are planned for WP7 at some point, as people seemed very pleased with them. I imagine this won't be something that we'll see soon, but I look forward to playing around with it when it does come out.

M_Lyons10 said,

And that's great, and I'm glad that's there. But I'm a little confused I suppose as to why they wouldn't have leveraged what they did with MyPhone in order to port contacts over from WinMo devices. I know there's a workaround, but I don't have outlook. It's just odd. And to be quite honest, I like the ability to sync my text messages and archive them on MyPhone, so that's a feature that I will miss on WP7 as well. Is there a place you can log in to live to manage everything like there is with MyPhone?

I am glad though that Kin Studio like features are planned for WP7 at some point, as people seemed very pleased with them. I imagine this won't be something that we'll see soon, but I look forward to playing around with it when it does come out.

Well manage the things that the people above mentioned, yes. One thing that was not mentioned though is OneNote on your phone syncs with Microsoft Office Web Apps on Windows Live, then back to Office 2010 on your PC. Pretty sweet feature

http://windowsphone.live.com

M_Lyons10 said,
How about My Phone support? I'm still shocked that that wasn't built into WP7 honestly given the investment they made for WinMo 6.x so late in the game... And it would have made the transition VERY easy for current WinMo users, so it only made sense...

Like mackenziepricee said, what you are looking for is call Windows Phone Live and it's accessible here:

http://windowsphone.live.com

I understand that people want these social features, but Microsoft needs to work on features that actually are flat-out missing. I realize that a task can only have but-so-many programmers on it (e.g., multitasking does not need the programmers doing this work to help do multitasking).

Regardless, WP7 is missing features. Little things and big things, such as full Bluetooth support (my Samsung Focus had issues with my car's built-in Bluetooth). The map software is fast and smooth, but extremely limited compared to iOS and Android. I'm sure a hundred different people could list off a hundred different things (for every mobile OS even), but I feel like going from the most socially linked, built-in OS does not need Kin Studio as its killer feature, yet.

As long as they are not blocking something and pushing it back to a later update (beyond the eventual release of Kin Studio), then it's inconsequential, but it's almost certainly going to block something and even if it does not really, then it will always appear to block something (simply because something will come in the next update that probably should have been a priority by comparison).

I am curious as to what Bluetooth features do not work in your car?My HTC Surround works with every bluetooth feature of my car, including the ability to read the most recent Text, which my older phone couldn't do

Sraf said,
I am curious as to what Bluetooth features do not work in your car?My HTC Surround works with every bluetooth feature of my car, including the ability to read the most recent Text, which my older phone couldn't do
My car and handset were unable to sync unless I made a call manually and then hung up, at which point it finally synchronized properly. It only happens with WP7 phones (admittedly, I only tried Samsung Focus phones), and I've seen other people with similar Bluetooth complaints.