The short-lived social networking phone KIN was sort of smartphone-ish, but not smart enough apparently to keep itself alive. Microsoft has canceled the existing product's launch later this year in Europe on news that sales weren't as strong as expected, and is folding the Kin team into the core Windows Phone 7 team.
"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 U.S. to sell current KIN phones."It's unclear how long Verizon will continue to sell KIN phones. After all, it sure seems like the product has been disKINtinued.