DEAR READERS Due to the Thanksgiving Day holiday in the U.S., we are sending you Friday's edition of ZDNet's Week in Review today. ZDNet Week in Review will resume its regular publication schedule Friday, December 02, 2011.
It’s easy for an OEM to screw up a new Windows PC. Just add enough trialware and throw in a few unnecessary programs, and the customer gets a miserable out-of-box experience. Microsoft is trying to fix that with its Signature PC initiative. Does it work? And can it scale?
Adding game-like elements to your product or service isn’t just about slapping a badge notifications all over everything. The key metric should always be to actually create an experience that provides real game play and, most importantly, fun — even if it’s in the service of a greater goal, whether [...]