As Gizmodo is currently reporting, Microsoft has killed the KIN project and is moving team members on the project to the Windows Phone 7 OS. While the rumor hasn’t been completely confirmed, sources very close to Microsoft are confirming it.
The reason that is being stated right now is the poor sales response. Earlier today, I told you about how the prices were being slashed dramatically for both KIN models but I just figured it was likely because of slow sales and they were going to try a better price point for consumers.
As of now, it appears that KIN customers will still receive support from Microsoft. However, this does not mean customers will continue receiving software updates and the such. This is a bit disappointing mainly because the hardware seemed just fine. Maybe the smartphone plan pricing hit harder than expected or the kids just want iPhones and Droids instead? It’s difficult to tell at this point.
Microsoft hasn’t said much officially regarding this news except a small quote:
“We have made the decision to focus on our Windows Phone 7 launch and we will not ship KIN in Europe this fall as planned. Additionally, we are integrating our KIN team with the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating valuable ideas and technologies from KIN into future Windows Phone releases. We will continue to work with Verizon in the U.S. to sell current KIN phones.”
Right now, Verizon’s comment is that they will continue to sell the phones as they are still a part of their plan. However, I would advise to purchase the KIN with caution as its support will likely be shaky from now on.