Microsoft Kin hits the spot "well… almost" conclusion

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Part 7: Kin Studio

The Studio is already excellent but here are some features I would like to see added.

  • A Zune web client to listen to music and play videos, access the marketplace, make purchases, edit playlists and Zune social.
  • More advanced capabilities to edit photos and videos and publish them to social network sites, email or to DVD.
  • Integration with Windows movie maker, Photo gallery and Live writer.
  • Integrate the Hotmail web/live mail client into studio so a user doesn’t have to go to yet another website to access email.
  • Reply to SMS/MMS and make calls (premium feature) ala Skype.
  • Full WLM integration including video chat and now XBox Video Kinect.
  • Access voice mail.
  • The ability to seamlessly pull pictures synced to the studio with the Zune Desktop client to the PC.
  • Ability to fully interact with Facebook, Myspace, Twitter e.t.c without leaving Studio.
  • Access the notes (Onenote App) just like Evernote or even better Office Web apps.
  • Remote recovery, tracking and parental controls.
  • Sync with  Calendars and Skydrive.
  • Match the spot capabilities available on the phone which include, drag contacts, web clips and feeds into the spot. Share email and in the future MMS.

Microsoft can fight back and give the Kin a chance. They should stop erecting artificial barriers by excluding some basic features like a calendar or robust emailing capabilities and IM in the fear that it will encroach on WP7. Some features will naturally overlap so even if a prospective buyer  chooses a Kin instead of WP7, it is still a Windows phone and not the competition and that is not a bad thing at all.

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