Anita Davis
May 10, 2010

Can Kin give Microsoft mobile a boost?

First came Research in Motion and Apple, and then Google through HTC. Acer and Lenovo have dabbled in it, and last year Dell finally took the plunge. Microsoft has failed to make inroads in a tough mobile market but will the Kin change that?

Microsoft Kin

After years of eyeing the modern smartphone market from the vantage point of a lesser contender, Microsoft last month re-entered the arena with the launch of its Kin One and Two handsets, which it hopes will be more heavyweight competitors to established options.

To this point, Microsoft has only provided the operating software for other devices, but its Kin - with a vital touch screen and slide-out keyboards - has entered the market in a niche...

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