So, that explains Win8 as well:

http://www.tomshardware.com/news/Kin-ONE-Kin-TWO-pre-production-laggy-internal-testing,19207.html

Wired has gained access to three supposed internal videos from Microsoft that show testers handling the failed Kin One and Kin Two family of smartphones.

Based on the videos alone, it appears that the Redmond company may have known these devices would flop on the market, but launched the social phones anyway to see if they would have better luck with the consumer masses.