A Look Back at the Microsoft KIN Two (Video)

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Remember the Microsoft KIN? It was a series of two devices that were the result of Microsoft’s purchase of Danger (known for their work with the Sidekick) in 2008. The software of the KIN was far more interesting than the hardware (it was manufactured by Sharp), bringing together a new user interface paradigm that was very much focused on social networking and sharing content. KIN also had an accompanying online platform called KIN Studio, which made it super easy to manage phone content from any web browser.



But KIN was flawed, and it was killed just a few months after its release in May 2010 (though you can still buy the reincarnated KIN ONEm from Verizon). Some believe that the flaws of KIN (the high priced data plan, lack of third party apps, poor browser, and limited hardware) and low unit sales were what ended the project. Others agree that with the then-impending release of Windows Phone 7, Microsoft wanted to focus all of its mobile efforts on its new smartphone platform.

Did you own a KIN, or know anyone that did?

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Brandon Miniman
Brandon is a graduate from the Villanova School of Business, located near Philadelphia, PA. He's been a technology writer since 2002, and, in 2005, became Editor-in-Chief of Pocketnow, a then Windows Mobile-focused website. He has since helped to transition Pocketnow into a top-tier smartphone and tablet publication. He's so obsessed with technology that he once entered a candle store and asked if they had a "new electronics" scent. They didn't.