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All posts tagged "kin studio"


Saturday, July 3, 2010

Lots of Talking About (Your?) Kin

Posted by Brad Wasson in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

http://www.pcworld.com/article/2002...ne_7_needs.html

"With its Kin line of phones killed, Microsoft has announced that the people who worked on those devices will join the Windows Phone 7 team, incorporating Kin concepts and technology into Microsoft's upcoming mobile OS. Despite up-and-down reviews, Kin did have some redeeming qualities. Even though feature creep is a dangerous thing, here are four things that should make the leap from Kin to Windows Phone 7."

Well, it seems it takes the action of killing a product in order to stimulate some conversation about it. I've read more about the Microsoft Kin product in the last two days than the entire time during its planning and eventual release. Jared Newman of PC World has written an article that describes four of the features he'd like to see salvaged from the Kin product and moved over onto the Windows Phone 7 platform. One of those features he mentions is Kin Studio, and I have to say I agree wholeheartedly. Kin Studio is a very interesting application that really showcases the potential of cloud computing, with its syncing of photos and videos and other features. I hope we see this happen because I'd personally like to give this a try, and I would never have done so on the Kin.


Friday, July 2, 2010

The Inside Story on The Demise of KIN

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Other Windows Phones" @ 02:17 PM

http://www.engadget.com/2010/07/02/...e-inside-story/

"To get anywhere, a project inside Microsoft needs an executive sponsor, and for Pink, Allard had been that guy from day one. It was his baby. Of course, Allard was a visionary, an idea man; Lees -- like most Microsoft execs -- is a no-nonsense numbers guy, and to put it bluntly, he didn't like that Pink existed. To quote our sources, Lees was "jealous," and he was likely concerned that Kin was pulling mindshare (and presumably resources) from Windows Mobile's roadmap. With enough pressure, Lees ended up getting his way; Pink fell under his charge and Allard was forced into the background."

A fascinating story that certainly explains much of what we saw when KIN came to market - all of the complaining we did about the high data plan prices? The KIN team knew that it would severely hamper their product; so did Verizon. It's a classic case of internal politics and corporate "silos". Definitely worth a read. Oh KIN, we hardly knew ye...


Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Kin Studio: This Had Better Be a Part of Windows Phone 7 Eventually

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Software" @ 11:00 AM

If you haven't seen the Kin Studio in detail before, check out the video above - it will give you an overview of what the Kin Studio is, and what it does. When I saw the Kin Studio for the first time in November of 2009, it was easily the most exciting thing about the Kin to me, because it represented something completely unique in the market. Apple is particularly awful at the Web and Web services, and Kin Studio represented a move by Microsoft to leverage what they do best: software design and online services. The Kin Studio is a great partner to the Kin phones, and I dearly hope that Microsoft is working hard to leverage Kin Studio into the future Windows Phone 7 ecosystem.


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