The reasons for the KINâ€™s death are numerous, ranging from delays to infighting to poor sales, but now that it is a done deal, how does it affect Windows Phone 7? I would argue its mainly a plus for the following reasons:
1) Microsoft is no longer competing with their OEMs. Just like Google stopped selling their Nexus One, it was difficult for Microsoft to supply the software and also sell devices in direct competition with their OEMs.
2) No further distraction to the blogosphere who already complain about Microsoftâ€™s numerous mobile operating systems. With one less OS we now have Windows Embedded handheld for the warehouse, Windows Phone 7 for the home and office and Windows Embedded Compact 7 for the car/fridge/ATM.
3) No further distraction inside Microsoft and competition for resources. All consumer efforts will now focus on Windows Phone 7 instead, which should in fact help ensure the OS ships on time and as bug-free as possible.
4) Lastly of course we may see interesting technologies like KIN Studio or the KIN Spot on Windows Phone 7.
While there are some significant negatives to the cancellation of the project, not least being reducing even more the blogosphereâ€™s confidence in Microsoftâ€™s ability to push a mobile OS, I would argue it is a net positive.
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