Microsoft’s doomed Kin project may seem like a distant memory already, replaced by the far more impressive Windows Phone 7. Kin never seemed like it had a real chance to prove its mettle, but hopefully it was at least a learning experience for Microsoft, one that has had influence upon WP7 development. To that end, it looks like a key component of the Kin platform may end up migrating to the company’s smartphone OS. Job postings show Microsoft forming a Windows Phone “Mobile Studio”, possibly inspired by the Kin Studio.
When the Kin’s days were numbered, we looked at some of the features that might be useful for WP7 to adopt; top at that list was the Kin Studio. If you’ve already forgotten, the Kin Studio was the cloud-based platform for storing pics, media, and keeping track of your messaging. This was the heart of the social experience that the Kin was so leveraged upon.
If you look at the postings Microsoft’s made in regards to its Mobile Studio plans, the company describes the project as something that will “redefine the mobile phone for millions of everyday users around the world“. That’s quite the ambitiously vague statement, but when Microsoft talks about wanting UI designers to craft “simple, playful, and seamless product experiences” and plans for “extending and evolving the functionality of Windows Phone“, it’s starting to sound a little more like the Kin Studio, without explicitly mentioning cloud storage. For now, saying the Mobile Studio would be Kin reincarnate is a big leap, but it’s hard to ignore the similar names, and what we can glean from these postings certainly makes the relationship seem plausible.