Microsoft has written a new chapter in the long history of Failure. The Kin went beyond the call of duty and cratered like no big-budget phone before it. Now an online memorial has popped up for the fallen gadget. Bit by bit, we're starting to learn just how badly Redmond screwed the pooch on this one.
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TechSpot reports that one inside source claims as little as 500 of the phones actually sold. John Gruber reports that a Microsoft employee doubts the total Kin revenue was enough to cover its launch party.
"As an employee, I am embarrassed. As a shareholder, I am pissed. It’s one thing to incubate products and bring them to a proof-of-concept to see what works, but it’s something else to launch."
Ouch. CNET is somewhat more optimistic. A source told them that between 1,000 and 10,000 of the social-media phones actually sold. That's better than 500, but still a staggeringly big failure for Microsoft.
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If you can, I'd recommend picking up a Kin or two now. They'll be collector's items soon.