Microsoft says no Kin for Europe
Microsoft will not be releasing the Kin smartphone in Europe.
According to an official statement, Microsoft intends to focus on smartphones carrying its Windows 7 operating system, which it intends to bring out around Christmas time in order to compete with devices such as the iPhone 4 and Android-based phones.
Redmond said, “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 US to sell current KIN phones.”
The Kin was a hyped device that made its debut a couple of months ago targeting the users looking for a reasonably low-budget smartphone with social networking capabilities.
Unfortunately compared to high-end devices the phone pales in comparison, missing key features that users of today are expecting with a costly monthly fee.
Windows 7 is the operating system Microsoft is looking at to put it ahead of the pack, but may be facing a losing battle as consumers rush to snap up the latest Apple and Android offerings from a range of handset makers.
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