Is this how you sell smartphones?
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At the D8 conference, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer questioned Google’s dual strategy of building Android and Chrome OS. Two operating systems doesn’t make sense, he said.
Microsoft is apparently listening to Ballmer’s advice, killing off its two-month old Kin line of social networking phones. The company confirmed to CNET that it is not going forward with a European launch of Kin and is instead folding the Kin team into its Windows Phone 7 unit.
The phones, Kin One and Two, were developed as more social phones able to connect users to their friends and allow them to easily broadcast their lives. But the devices sold through Verizon Wireless were criticized early for lacking some features and for its data plans, which were priced the same as other more full-featured smart phones.
Even so, big box retailers like Best Buy sold the critters as part of their – obviously unquestioning – commitment to Microsoft.
Verizon over the weekend slashed prices on the Kin One and Two, even as commercials continued to run on the new devices. Microsoft said it will continue to sell current Kin phones with Verizon.
Microsoft has got a lot to prove and killing off Kin just means even more rests on Windows Phone 7 getting off to a successful launch.
If you believe.