"Embarrassment All Over Campus" From Kin Failure

The fallout from Microsoft killing the Kin is being felt by the "Rank and File" within the company. Microsoft's Kin failure sank morale at the company's Redmond campus according to an employee.


"Embarrassment all over campus from the rank and file about the Kin announcement," said this employee. The problem is that, "no one thought it was a great product to launch anyway to begin with," and "Credibility in Mobile space is further eroded, as if that were even possible!"


This epic fail has opened up Microsoft for a vicious attack from the New York Times which wrote, "the Kin debacle is a reflection of Microsoft’s struggle to deliver what the younger generation of technology-obsessed consumers wants. From hand-held products to business software, Microsoft seems behind the times."


The Microsoft employee continues:

We had a huge launch party on campus and I bet that party cost more than the amount of revenues we took in on the product.  As an employee, I am embarrassed.  As a shareholder, I am pissed.  It's one thing to incubate products and bring them to a proof-of-concept to see what works, but it's something else to launch.  I suspect we launched because we felt like we HAD to so we could save face because we were trying to build buzz, but overall - HUGE fail.


I have said before this does not look good for their image and apparently everyone else thinks the same. Heads need to roll on this failure. Clean house Microsoft!


Mobile computing will be huge over the next 5 years and Microsoft needs stay competitive. I do not believe Microsoft seems "behind the times", it just seems like everyone internally is out for their own and not the benefit of the company.


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