Microsoft at times, indicated KIN Studio-like features may make its way to Windows Phone Live. Now, Mary Jo Foley posted about an upcoming new service called "Windows Phone Mobile Studio" revealed via a Microsoft job posting.
Given the cryptic clues below, the Mobile Studio is definitely a cloud-connected service, somewhat related to the discontinued KIN Studio, and may even be available "across multiple screens and devices" (i.e. PC, Windows Phones, and Xbox). Of course, consistent with the current Windows Phone Live service, the new Mobile Studio may become a part of Windows Live. Here's the excerpt from the job posting:
Help us change the way people think about mobile phones. The Mobile Studio will redefine the mobile phone for millions of everyday users around the world. We're looking for an intuitive and driven User Interface Designer with the ability to conceptualize and lead the design of features built for mobile phones.
Here're a couple of LinkedIn profiles of the people who've worked on this product. First up, Jon Arnett, who had been at Microsoft since April 2010:
I'm currently serving as Senior UX Design Lead with Microsoft's Mobile Design Studio, working on connected companion experiences for WP. I'm leading a team of designers on the creation, development and refinement of innovative and compelling user interface solutions across multiple screens and devices, extending the WP product and service experience. Exploring and implementing a wide range of user behaviors and interaction models for both near and long term products
Next up, Sean Lazo:
Experience designer that has served as both interaction and visual designer for the KIN Mobile and KIN Studio platforms. Roles include mobile concept UI design to visual language development. Led the interaction and visual direction of the Kin Studio, a desktop interface (management tool) for the Kin mobile operating system. Drove the experience and led a small team of designers through concept, design, and production. Cloud/Services concept design for Windows Live Mobile Connector for Windows Phone 7.