Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Microsoft officially closes Kin Studio, ends an era

updated 05:40 pm EST, Tue February 1, 2011

Microsoft shuts down Kin Studio

Microsoft today acted on its promise to shut down Kin Studio. As of 3AM Eastern, Kin One and Two owners can't post photos to the Studio, backup their devices, check the Kin Loop or post content directly to Facebook. Core Internet features will still work over Wi-Fi, but Zune Pass streaming and over-the-air firmware updates won't work over 3G.

The return program is still in effect and should theoretically let Kin owners swap out for any 3G smartphone. It could lead to the roughly 8,810 Kin users having a free path to an iPhone 4 if they hadn't swapped out ahead of time. Verizon's deal should last until March 31.

A shutdown marks an effective end to the Kin as a platform, since it now behaves more like a basic feature phone. Kin Studio was to have been a core selling point for the lineup but also helped contribute to the $70 minimum plan that steered most users to more capable Android and BlackBerry phones.

Microsoft has hinted that some of the features of Kin Studio might be rolled into Windows Phone 7, but it hasn't outlined a timeline for when this would happen. [via WPCentral]



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Kenu Airframe Plus

Simple, stylish and effective, the Kenu Airframe + portable car mount is the latest addition to Kenu's lineup. Released earlier this y ...

Plantronics Rig Surround 7.1 headset

Trying to capture the true soundscape of video games can be a daunting task. Looking to surround-sound home theater options, users hav ...

Adesso Compagno X Bluetooth keyboard

The shift from typing on physical keyboards to digital versions on smartphones and tablets hasn't been an easy for many consumers. Fro ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News