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Microsoft Kills Kin

Wow, this is almost hilariously embarrassing. Microsoft's Kin phone, evidently named for what Jed Clampett called his family, is...dead!

Yes, it's all over for the phone that was supposed to kind of, sort of take on the iPhone by appealing to those darn kids, who just can't get enough of the Facebook and the Twitter these days. Apparently, they can't get enough of the iPhone, either, because they sure didn't buy the Kin, even after Microsoft and Verizon started nearly giving the awkward little phones away.

Gee, that commercial with the guy taking pictures of his ex-girlfriend and then not doing anything with them didn't entice the teenage set to embrace Steve Ballmer's idea of cool? Hey, we're as surprised as you are. Once again, Microsoft has failed miserably in an attempt to be cool. When will Redmond learn that it does enterprise well and consumer (outside of the Xbox) relatively poorly? Maybe this will serve as a wakeup call. Probably not. There's no doubt, though, that it's an embarrassment. Feel free to laugh -- we are.

Posted by Lee Pender on 07/01/2010 at 1:23 PM


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