These Internal Videos Show Why The Microsoft Kin Was Such a Total…

Long before the Windows Phones we have today, there was another: the Kin. You may remember it...as being total garbage. Well now you can relive the horror with some previously unreleased videos WIRED dug up and watch Microsoft's own Kin testers recoiling in disgust. » 11/19/12 4:32pm 11/19/12 4:32pm

Kin Studio Closing on January 31st: Kin Will Really Die Now

We thought it was weird that Verizon oddly resurrected Kin after Microsoft killed it. It doesn't matter anymore because on January 31, 2011, Microsoft's Kin Studio, the cloud that the Kin relies on to work, will close. Verizon will even give you a free 3G phone to replace your Kin. » 12/11/10 2:24pm 12/11/10 2:24pm

The Microsoft Kin Is Coming Back To Life On Verizon

The Microsoft Kin One and Kin Two—which were killed off six weeks after launching—are coming back to life according to a leaked Verizon roadmap. Why, God, why? » 11/11/10 9:13pm 11/11/10 9:13pm

Windows Phone 7 Review: Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have Ourselves a Race

Let's just get it out of the way: Windows Phone 7 is the most exciting thing to happen to phones in a long time. » 10/20/10 7:00pm 10/20/10 7:00pm

Microsoft's 9 All-Time Worst Ads

Microsoft's about to embark on a one billion dollar marketing adventure to support Kinect and Windows Phone 7. Good luck to them! Because as these past epically failed advertising efforts show, Microsoft could be about to waste a lotta of money if they're not careful with the creative: » 10/18/10 2:20pm 10/18/10 2:20pm

Steve Ballmer's Bonus Was Halved Because of Kin Phone Screw-Ups

Two years on from taking over Old Billy Gates' role, and Steve Ballmer's not doing too badly. WP7 has got people excited, and Windows 7 is actually being used. Yet, he got half the usual bonus last year. » 10/01/10 4:10am 10/01/10 4:10am

More Kin Dirt Surfaces

If people had talked this much about Kin while it was still alive, it might have stood a chance. Oh well! The battle continues to rage over who gets the write the final chapter in Kin's history. » 7/07/10 4:06pm 7/07/10 4:06pm

Kin Memorial Site Helps You Work Through The Pain

Kin, we hardly knew ye. If you're overwhelmed with grief over the demise of Microsoft's smart-dumbphones, or maybe—just possibly—looking for one last chance to make fun of them, here's your chance. The elegies are already rolling in: » 7/03/10 8:00am 7/03/10 8:00am

The Anatomy of Kin's Demise

The sudden death of Kin came as a surprise, but it's increasingly clear that it shouldn't have. First came hints of internal strife stunting Kin before it ever had a chance, and now the finger's pointing directly at one man. » 7/02/10 5:47pm 7/02/10 5:47pm

The Real Kin Culprit: Internal Microsoft Bickering

Theories abound as to the forces behind Kin's speedy demise. And yes, ultimately the plug got pulled because it wasn't selling well. But a theory over at ZDNet holds that spats between Microsoft's internal fiefdoms doomed Kin from the start. » 7/01/10 5:47pm 7/01/10 5:47pm

Microsoft Kills Kin

Just six weeks after launch, Microsoft's Kin, the social phone we wanted to love, is dead. Microsoft is ending its short life, sources close to Microsoft tell us. » 6/30/10 4:46pm 6/30/10 4:46pm

Verizon Lowers Price on Kin One to $29 and Kin Two to $49

If you're interested in either the Kin One or Kin Two and don't mind its expensive data plans, then you might as well get one now as Verizon has dropped their prices to $29 and $49, respectively. [CNET via Engadget] » 6/28/10 6:25pm 6/28/10 6:25pm

How a Silly Phone for Teens Reveals Microsoft's Plan for Us All

Despite its mobile prowess, Apple sucks at the internet. But surprisingly it's Microsoft—not Google—that's best positioned for Our Future in the Cloud. Here's why. » 6/05/10 10:00am 6/05/10 10:00am

Microsoft Kin Two Gets the Teardown Treatment

Chipworks and iFixit teamed up to take a look beneath the Kin Two's black and lime exterior, finding some things that were expected, like the NVIDIA Tegra APX2600 processor, and some, like a Sony image sensor, that were, well, not. » 5/18/10 4:23pm 5/18/10 4:23pm

Kin Media Sync for Mac: A Preview of Windows Phone 7 Mac Syncing

Microsoft's semi-official solution for the Kin's Mac syncing is by Mark/Space, the company behind Missing Sync. Since Kin's a Windows Phone, we're guessing this is what Windows Phone 7 Mac syncing will be like. (A cop out.) » 5/13/10 1:00am 5/13/10 1:00am

Microsoft Kin Phones Will Get Apps, But When?

Microsoft had told us that the Kin and Windows Phone 7 platforms would grow closer in the future, and under heat for the Kin's lack of, well, features, they've said it again. Microsoft's phone strategy is weird. » 5/12/10 2:26pm 5/12/10 2:26pm

Microsoft Kin Phones Shipping May 13?

A leaked email has all but confirmed the recently revealed Kin phones will launch on Verizon in May. Thanks to the internal memo, we know the launch should be May 13, with preorders starting May 6. [Slashphone via Engadget] » 5/02/10 6:10pm 5/02/10 6:10pm

Microsoft's Kin Could Be Offered By AT&T and T-Mobile

Verizon and Vodafone may've already announced exclusive deals for Kin 1 and Kin 2, but a ROM hacker by the name of Conflipper has found provisioning files which detail support for just about every carrier going. » 4/28/10 2:08am 4/28/10 2:08am