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Microsoft outs social media-centric Kin UI, hipsters rejoice

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April 13th, 2010

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By Ari Driessen
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Yesterday Microsoft outed Kin, a new user interface built off the Windows Phone 7 platform that puts social networking front and center and seemingly aims to be in the hands of each and every hipster from Brooklyn to Chicago — and from Alabama to Arkansas. The user interface, slated to grace the Verizon-bound Kin One and Kin Two phones in May, is focused on simplifying the process of sharing status updates, pictures and video, location and more with friends through popular social networks, email and messaging.

As can be seen in Microsoft’s curious if memorable hipster-featuring Kin advertising campaign, Microsoft’s two brand new slider phones will sport an innovative area at the bottom of the display dubbed “Kin Spot” where users can drag content ranging from photos and videos to web pages and locations to share easily with contacts.

Even if you’re not pursuing a career in the arts while living off your parent’s money, wearing tight black jeans, and railing against modern society while claiming that you’re in a band and adamantly denying that you’re a ‘hipster’, Microsoft’s Kin lineup may also appeal to you.

The two devices will feature “Kin Loop,” a home page stream reminiscent of Motorola’s MOTOBLUR user interface that aggregates and displays friend’s status updates from across social networks. The Kin One and Kin Two will also be the first phones to be equipped with Microsoft’s Zune music player and Zune Marketplace.

A unique feature called “Kin Studio” will allow users to automatically backup data across their phone and effectively relive memories by viewing an organized time line of events ranging from messages to pictures through an online web interface.

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