Microsoft Kin Project No More; Phones’ Europe Launch Cancelled

July 1, 2010, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on the production and further development of its Kin phones by announcing that it has dissolved its development team for the Kin, into its Windows Phone 7 team. The company has also cancelled the launch of the phone in Europe. However, Microsoft will continue to sell its existing amount of Kin phones along with Verizon in the US.

The Kin phones were facing issues related to poor sales in North America. It was earlier reported online that Microsoft had only managed to sell 5000 units of the Kin. Microsoft did not officially confirm the reports, though it did not deny them either.

The Kin phones were also priced higher than what most consumers were willing to pay for the device. Verizon did slash prices of the Kin One and Kin Two later to $29 and $49 respectively but the pricing of the expensive data plans for both phones remained the same.

Some of the popular features of the Kin phones could now appear in the Windows Phone 7, owing to the merging of the two development teams. However, the future of software updates for the Kin phones is still not clear.

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