Is this any way to treat your kin? Microsoft, after having its much hyped Kin smartphones on the market for just two months, announced in late June it was killing them off.
Microsoft emphasized the social networking aspects of the phones, which were targeted at young people. But in the end, here's what it had to say about its decision to kill off the Kin, which reportedly were sold in embarrassingly low numbers:
"Microsoft has made the decision to focus on the Windows Phone 7 launch and 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."