Kin Studio might come back from the dead as Windows Phone service

Kin Studio might come back from the dead as Windows Phone service
A job listing on the Microsoft career site has revealed a little of what Microsoft is up to in terms of broadening the features available on the Windows Phone OS. One listing mentions a mobile studio for Windows Phone that would "redefine the mobile phone". Heady and ambitious words, to be sure, but no other clues were on the job listing. The premise seems to be that Microsoft would use the cloud based services on the now defunct Kin Studio and bring back the studio for its smartphone OS. The UI would be different from the version once seen on the twin Kins as the Redmond based manufacturer raises the age level for the service instead of focusing on the teen market.

While Windows Phone does have simple cloud-based features that can upload photos to a SkyDrive, the OS has no way to easily share pictures and can't share other data. This is where the resurrection of Kin Studio comes into play. The original use of the Studio was to provide cloud-based services for Microsoft's two teen-oriented handsets, the Kin One and the Kin Two. Almost immediately after being launched by Verizon, the smartphone duo was removed from the carrier's roster only to return as 3G feature phones with limited capabilities and no cloud support.

source: Electronista



1. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Oh pleae no. The Kin 1 and 2 were the WORST phones to come out. Microsoft is wasting their time...

2. box unregistered

you really didn't read the article, did you...

5. luis_lopez_351

Posts: 951; Member since: Nov 18, 2010

you also didn't use a dictionary or spell check, did you?

3. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 2011

The service itself sounds cool. I hate to say it, but I always felt the Kin phones failed so hard because they were ugly as sin.

12. VZW Rep unregistered

That might be one of the reasons, but as a sales rep I wouldn't point to that being the biggest blunder. By far making the unlimited data the same price as our smartphones was the WORST idea for the Kin phones. I get that they needed unlimited data because of all the cloud based syncing, but why they didn't come up with a cheaper KIN plan I'll never understand. You can't target teens with your phone and then require an adult-level cost. The phones didn't support apps, didn't include GPS, and didn't open a lot of attachments. So why even attempt to compete with smartphones pricewise? I don't know if it was Verizon mandated or not...but I suspect Microsoft just didn't understand it's consumer base, but I can tell you as soon as our customers heard the $30 was required, they didn't give it a second look- the KIN pricing was an insult to their intelligence.-

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

'coming back from the deads'.......wowsers...


Posts: 3131; Member since: Jan 12, 2010

Windows 7 isn't a bad operating system but its never going to compete with Android and the iPhone.

11. haroonazeem638

Posts: 141; Member since: Mar 29, 2011

I hope you mean Windows Mobile 7 and not the actual Windows 7 because then you would be making a fool out of yourself!

8. corps1089

Posts: 492; Member since: Jan 20, 2010

Kin Studio was reported as not only the only salvagable endeavor from Kin one and two, but also as a top rate feature that deserved a much better platorm and serious support. It was supposed, at the time by the pundits, that it would resurface and lo, now it raises its head for WP7. so I didn't say it first, but it was expected and this is one more card for Microsoft to play. We'll see if they play it right...

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