KIN Studio Closes Permanently
Did you buy a KIN? We hope not. The failed “not a smartphone, but not a featurephone” product from Microsoft and launched exclusively on Verizon was axed just 48 days after it was launched, due to poor sales. We hypothesized that the reason KIN failed was because of many reasons: it was too late (KIN might have been compelling three years ago), the data plan was too expensive, the marketing was poor, and the software was slow. To add insult to injury, those that bought a KIN will now find their device to be less useful: the KIN Studio, a web interface that keeps your phone’s data backed up, has closed. The silver lining? Aaron Woodman from the direct of mobile communications business at Microsofs contends that KIN Studio-like features are coming to Windows Phone 7. So, the Studio for KIN was kind of a practice run.