Kin

Kin is Microsoft’s “vertical” mobile proposition, based on their acquisition of Danger on 2008. Both initial devices bear testimony to their Sidekick heritage, and were unmistakably targeted at the youth segment.

However, the whole thing tanked faster than the Titanic.

Date Link Notes
Jul 07 Mini-Microsoft: The KIN-fusing KIN-clusion to KIN, and FY11 Microsoft Layoff Rumors Probably the most interesting post-mortem yet.
Jul 03 Feature: Post mortem: KIN‘s tragic demise Another post-mortem.
Jul 02 T-Mobile kills off current Sidekicks, Kin says ‘welcome to the club’ Wow.
Jul 02 5 Lessons Learned From the Microsoft Kin Debacle I don’t think Microsoft is ready to learn any of this.
Jul 01 Inform the next of KIN: Microsoft’s tween phone is no more The end of the Sidekick era. What a waste.
Microsoft Is Killing The Kin
What killed the Kin?
Jun 30 For Microsoft, the Mobile Market Has No Kins-hip ouch.
Jun 29 Kin One drops to $29, Two drops to $49, data plans remain silly expensive It’s dead, Jim.
Jun 18 “RUMOR: Microsoft has only sold 500 “Kin phones. Sounds silly, even for the DOA Kin. But let’s do a straw poll: Has a… Ouch.
Jun 16 Microsoft prepping Yahoo, AIM, and Windows Live Messenger support for Kin? Hmm.
Jun 01 Best Buy now offering Kin One free, Kin Two for $50 on contract The wonders of subsidized markets.
May 19 Teardown gets to the silicon heart of the Kin Two Interesting.
Microsoft Kin Two gets torn apart, reveals Sony image sensor
May 13 Kin Media Sync for Mac syncs Kin media with Mac Well, that’s fresh.
May 12 Microsoft and Verizon say Kin’s monthly pricing isn’t crazy, when you think about it Everything’s relative.
May 06 Kin available tomorrow, but pricing may hamper adoption Ah, the wonders of pricing.
May 05 Kin available online starting tomorrow, in Verizon stores on May 13 Looks like they’re both subsidized, as usual.
Microsoft Kin One and Two review Reasonably in-depth.
Apr 28 Kin firmware torn apart, reveals provisioning for AT&T, T-Mobile, Fido? Already?
Apr 23 Microsoft Kin specs update: 600MHz processors, ambient sensors A bit more info on the hardware.
Apr 14 Microsoft Kin: everything you ever wanted to know …milking it a bit more…
Editorial: Engadget on Microsoft Kin If you don’t know what to write, poll contradictory opinions…
Apr 13 feature: Microsoft KIN hands-on: Great ideas in a teeny-bop package Ars gets it.
Entelligence: Think Pink – First take on Microsoft’s Kin Michael Gartenberg also gets it, but then again he’s probably closest to it than most.
Why You Don’t Want a Microsoft Kin Phone PCWorld doesn’t, not by a long shot. This kind of piece is why most tech journalism is useless these days…
Hands-on First Impressions of Microsoft’s Kin Phones I find it interesting that the article says the Spot is finicky and that the device tries to do too much at once – my impressions were precisely the opposite (i.e., the spot works fine and it’s easy to focus on what you want to do, regardless of the different visual design). It’s a phone for teens, not for techies.
Kin is basically a Zune HD inside, can go for a weekend on a charge This is one of the best bits – the devices seem to be very energy-efficient, and people are tired of re-charging every day.
Microsoft: Kin and Windows Phone 7 will share more technology over time The target segments are completely different, though…
Apr 12 Vodafone to Bring Microsoft KIN Phone to Europe Yep. Gonna be business as usual, then.
Apr 11 Microsoft Pink livestream page offers glimpse of Turtle, Pink name changing at launch Of course it’s going to change.
Apr 5 Microsoft invites us to mystery event, April 12th! Update: for Pink phones? Yep, of course it is.