Microsoft Kin handsets scrapped

Back in April, we reported the launch of two 'social' phones from Microsoft, specifically the Kin One and two. The phones were due to land in the UK in May as a Vodafone exclusive, but as that date came and went, alarm bells should have started ringing. Now Microsoft has come clean - the Kin handsets have been scrapped.

So no UK launch and the end of the handsets just weeks into their US shelf life. Which perhaps indicates a less-than-successful sales campaign so far. That's not the official reason for the Kin brand's demise though, a statement indicates more of a pooling of resources.

'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.'

So we'll never get to meet or greet Kin One and Kin Two, which is a shame as both 'youth-friendly' handsets seemed quite interesting (not least in shape), with full HTML browsing, social networking at the fore and with the Kin Two, an eight-megapixel snapper that could also record HD video.

So a case of what might have been, although if Microsoft proves correct, aspects of the handsets will live on via Windows 7.

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