With new phone, Microsoft, Verizon become Kin
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With new phone, Microsoft, Verizon become Kin

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>> Today I want to introduce you to the newest member of the Windows phone family -- KIM, a phone designed to navigate your social life. >> KIM keeps up with everything that's going on in your life, and gives you a unique and easy way to share what's going on in your world. And KIM comes in two flavors. We have the KIM-1 and the KIM-2. >> Microsoft is trying to show that it's hip and cool. And one of the ways they did that is they're launching the KIM at a nightclub in San Francisco. So this really isn't Microsoft's iPhone competitor. That's Windows Phone 7, which is coming this fall. What this is is a set of the same technologies that are in Windows phone targeted to a specific audience -- really the people that are texting and tweeting and uploading their Facebook all the time. This is a phone for them. And this is where Microsoft is trying to go. It's got a really good camera, one has a 5 megapixel, the other model has an 8 megapixel. The 8 megapixel one, the KIM-2, also can shoot HD video. It's also the first phone that has Zoon built in, so TV shows from Zoon as well as the subscription music service. >> So as friends are suggesting things to me, I can fire off a search, look for an album, brings it up. I can start playing it, I can start streaming it. I don't have to worry about gigabytes or storage cards. I have millions of songs in my pocket. >> So this is the first time that Microsoft has taken the Zoon and put it on a phone. It will also be on Windows Phone 7, but this will be out sooner. The other piece is the companion Web services, so everything that you're doing on the phone you can also look at it and organize on the Web. That means you have a backup and it also means you can see the photos that you've taken right there on your computer. >> The KIM studio is my phone online and any Web browser. I've got all my photos in videos, I've got all my messages in call history, I've got all the people I've been in touch with most recently, and I've even got things like the Loop. >> There's two models, the KIM-1, which is shorter and squatter. They're both slider-type screens, the slide-down revealing a keyboard in both cases. The KIM-2 is longer and wider. That's the one with the bigger camera and can do HD video. So if you are part of Generation Upload, as Microsoft's calling it, these phones will be available in May from Verizon, and then later around the world from Vodafone. In San Francisco for CNET.com, I'm Ina Fried.

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