Microsoft Halts Rollout of Kin Phone


SEATTLE (AP) — For Microsoft, there will be no next of Kin.

The company halted the rollout of Kin One and Kin Two phones after less than two months.

Kin phones were aimed at people who wanted a constant stream of updates from social networks and who wanted to share Web snippets, photos and video with friends.

But the timing of Kin's arrival was off. Microsoft Corp. had just announced a new Windows Phone system. And during the years Kin was said to be in development, smart phones grew more sophisticated. Kin doesn't have extra "apps" for download or a GPS mapping function.

Microsoft says it won't sell the phones in Europe as planned. It will focus instead on Windows Phone 7. Verizon Wireless will continue to sell the current Kin phones.

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