Announced in 2010, Microsoft's Kin is already a legendary failure: A new kind of phone that was misunderstood from the beginning, lambasted for its marketing campaign, and completely abandoned a mere months after its release. The phones never got much of a chance to deliver on their promise to become the go-to device for the so-called social generation, but one aspect about them stood out right from the start: The Studio.
Kin Studio was a personal home page for you and your phone. It was a graphic-rich canvas for all the photos, videos, messages, contacts and social network feeds on your phone that lived in the cloud. The studio was automatically and wirelessly updated-- you didn't have to do anything to have a backup of everything on your phone that was accessible from any internet-connected computer at any time. And it came with nearly unlimited storage that was free for anyone with a Kin phone. In short, it was awesome.
When Kin folded, there were hopes that a Studio-like feature would make its way to Windows Phone 7, but so far those prayers have gone unanswered. Now there are rumblings that Apple is planning to overhaul its MobileMe service for iOS devices this summer, perhaps the sound of Microsoft losing its thunder.