There is something so satisfying about seeing aging juggernaut Microsoft fail on its feet so badly. Introducing and ending the Kin – In just 48 short days we have seen an abysmal product (marketed heavily on top 40 radio around the nation) that you may or may not have heard of go from being the latest effort in Microsoft’s restart to being its next massive disappointment. This company is having difficulty tying it’s own shoes when it wakes up in the morning! I can only imagine how disheartening it is to be so behind the curve while still throwing millions if not billions of dollars at the same problems year after year.
Guess what Microsoft: You are your own worst enemy. You’re scared of the market and making things that are built for people nobody. Why are you doing this? My best guess is you have incredibly smart people that are being given carte blanche on projects, and they’re finding the system that governs production and testing is incredibly outdated. It’s time to give up all that stored up pride all you unhappy Vice Presidents’ and get back to brass tacks.
I hope the success of an operating system (Windows 7) that isn’t completely backwards hasn’t made you too happy. Google is coming for you ~ and Apple beware. You’re not going to hold on to that #1 throne for too long.
So if you’re into discontinued products that have barely any use (and no cross platform appeal) then buy a brand new Kin at the Verizon store. I’m sure you’ll be as disappointed as they are at Microsoft. Dang guys, get your act together! Somebody might start taking notice… oh right… too late. Verizon slashed the prices of the phones to $50 from $200 for the higher-end model and to $30 from $150 for a stripped-down version. Verizon still claims they’re taking Kin seriously… although it seems like this device is having a fire sale. Watch for them to pop up at local dollar stores, Tru Value, and the Family Dollar.
Special thanks to I Can Has Cheezburger for the appropriate photo to describe what Microsoft needs right now.
Also, just to get the record straight, I have no big love for any of the major companies in the tech game. They’re just products and as those go I think Google has stepped up their OS game a lot with the Android. Now if they could stop randomly introducing weird things like Google Wave or Buzz to the market we would be square.