The sudden death of Kin came as a surprise, but it's increasingly clear that it shouldn't have. First came hints of internal strife stunting Kin before it ever had a chance, and now the finger's pointing directly at one man.
Engadget breaks it down like this: After Microsoft acquired Danger back in 2008, Xbox and Zune visionary J Allard championed Kin (then known as Project Pink) as an entirely separate project from Windows Mobile 7. That grated Windows Mobile chief Andy Lees, who saw Project Pink as a distraction that was taking up resources he felt would be better served on Microsoft's core mobile business. Lees successfully manoeuvred to get Project Pink under his domain, forced Allard to the background, and gutted what would become Kin One and Kin Two so that they'd fit with the rest of the product line-up. Or, as it turns out, die on the vine.
It's an interesting read, well worth checking out. While no one's lamenting the loss of Kin as it was released, it's worth shedding a tear for the Kin that might have been, if ego and corporate tunnel vision hadn't gotten in the way. [Engadget]