Microsoft KIN updated yet again

The Microsoft KIN has now received its second software update since being axed back in June. As with the first update, the second round deals primarily with tweaking the KIN's Twitter interface.

Basically, the update allows for Twitter replies to show up on a tweet and The KIN Loop now shows pictures from picture links directly in the shell without having to open the browser.

If you are one of the few owning a KIN, the updates can be accessed through the KIN's over-the-air update system. Speculation on why Microsoft continues to update a dead device range from testing out Twitter functionality that may land on Windows Phone 7 to testing OTA updates.

Then again, these updates may have simply been close to being finished when the plug was pulled and Microsoft didn't want to leave any loose ends.  Regardless of the reasoning it's nice to see Microsoft lending support to those who continue to use the KIN.


George is the Reviews Editor at Windows Central, concentrating on Windows 10 PC and Mobile apps. He's been a supporter of the platform since the days of Windows CE and uses his current Windows 10 Mobile phone daily to keep up with life and enjoy a game during down time.

  • So now both of the people who own a Kin can more easily Twitter each other? That's pretty high class customer support from Microsoft!
  • All KIN owners should be given the opportunity to trade in their Kin for a WP7 device of their choice when the new platform is available for sale.
  • My personal feeling is that these improvements were well on their way when the device was cancelled. That being said, I think Microsoft knows there is a path forward for all past, present and future Kin app development onto Windows Phone when it releases. So why not continue to support it. This creates some good vibe on a bad situation and transitions nicely to the future.
  • I am not satisfied with its performance and really planning a switch over to iPhones.
    Xtreme NO
  • I still love kin because of its unique look and functions. It has what it takes to be the best phone.
    Superstar Smile