Microsoft’s Natural User Interface revolution part 3: Kin Studio

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Anyone who has had a feature phone or even some smartphones have not doubt gone through the arduous process of transferring their content when the time came to upgrade their phone to  new one. Worse still, there are those unfortunate times when your phone gets stolen, falls in the sink or suffer permanent damage from a thousand different possibilities out there. The new WP7 phones are complemented online by windows live services that can backup ones contacts, notes calendar and photos (though not full resolution) and find a lost phone among other things but suffers from a bland interface.

The Kin Studio was arguably  the best  ever implementation for a way to keep users phones in sync and backed up online. It provided a natural and seamless way for users to interact with their data even when they happened to be away from their phones. Paul Thurrott mentions that Microsoft is working on overhauling the Myphone service to incorporate some of the services from Kin Studio. I for one hope that they will incorporate all of them in addition to some of the ones below that I talked  about when I wrote about the Kin studio in the past

  • A Zune service integration 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.


So what would you guys like to see in a Windows Phone 7 Studio?