The Kin is dead, long live the… er… Windows Mobile 7

The Kin One and Two, RIP.

The Kin One and Two, RIP.

Unveiled in April and on sale in the US for just six week, it appears the Microsoft Kin is no more.

Separate to regular Windows Mobile phones the Kin brand was intended to be a platform of social media-centric handsets, with Kin One and Kin Two being the first out the blocks. Its genesis is in the Sidekick, a popular series of handsets produced by Danger, which Microsoft bought in 2008.

However after poor sales – rumoured to be as low as just 500 units – Microsoft looks to be pulling the plug on Kin and rolling the project under the Windows Mobile 7 umbrella.

The official statement goes as follows:

We have made the decision to focus exclusively on Windows Phone 7 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.

What it effectively means, however, is that the Kin is no-more. Although some of its features and functions may re-appear in the shape of a Windows Mobile 7 device.

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