Mary Jo Foley has written a bit about Mobile Studio for Windows Phone 7. The Mobile Studio team is â€œa multidisciplinary team whose charter is to design world-class end-to-end experiences that are desirable, thoughtful, consistent, and easy-to-use to the Windows Phone platform and whose â€goal is to ensure full integration of brand, industrial design, user interface, graphic design, usability, and business strategy,â€ â€œwhile extending and evolving the functionality of Windows Phoneâ€ according to a Microsoft job posting.)
This is all rather vague, but the linkedin profile of John Arnett is a lot more informative.
John, who is the Senior UX Design Lead, Windows Phone Mobile Studio at Microsoft, writes:
I am currently serving as Senior UX Design Lead with Microsoft’s Mobile Design Studio, working on connected companion experiences for Windows Phone. I am leading a team of designers on the creation, development and refinement of innovative and compelling user interface solutions across multiple screens and devices, extending the Windows Phone product and service experience. Exploring and implementing a wide range of user behaviours and interaction models for both near and long term products
I am currently serving as a Design Lead with Microsoft’s Mobile Design Studio, working on connected service experiences for Windows Phone
Sean Lazo, who worked on both Kin Studio and Mobile Studio (suggesting the services are pretty related) and was part of the Sidekick acquisition, wrote:
Experience designer that has served as both interaction and visual designer for the KINâ„¢ Mobile and KINâ„¢ Studio platforms. Roles include mobile concept UI design to visual language development. Led the interaction and visual direction of the Kinâ„¢ Studio, a desktop interface (management tool) for the Kinâ„¢ mobile operating system. Drove the experience and led a small team of designers through concept, design, and production. Cloud/Services concept design for Windows Live Mobile Connector for Windows Phone 7
It seems KIN Studio for Windows phone 7, with a strong design focus, is still bubbling around at Microsoft, and may make a sudden appearance someday soon.