Bing launches Summer of Doing contest

On Monday, Microsoft's Bing division was teasing us about an announcement that was to be made later that day. We thought it might have something to do with Microsoft's then mysterious press event but in the end, the reveal was about the Surface tablet. So what is Bing up to this week? Why, a contest, of course.

On Monday, Bing announced the Summer of Doing giveaway; it is giving out weekly prizes to Bing users. People enter the contest by searching for a new word every day on Bing. You then share that word with friends on Facebook and after that, you get an entry into the contest to win the weekly prize.

The first such prize is for $1,000 in DIY items, including a gardening set, a cheesemaking kit, a homebrewing kit (changed to a soda kit if the winner is under 21) and $800 worth of credits to take DIY courses at Skillshare. The official Bing blog says that there will be other themes and prizes in the coming weeks, including "eating, celebrating, giving back, wander-lusting, riding, jamming, and more."

The contest is also a way to promote DoSomething.org, a non-profit group that tries to encourage others to volunteer in helping their local communities.

Source: Bing | Image via Microsoft

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Chica Ami said,
Every search engine looks the same to me.

I guess that there will never be a leader in search innovation. =D

Then you never tried the new bing

Calum said,
The Bing team is the team at Microsoft that regularly disappoints me the most.

Speak for yourself. I just did a search on Bing and won a million dollars!

Enron said,

Speak for yourself. I just did a search on Bing and won a million dollars!


YEAH. WELL. I used Hotmail and have been informed that a random Nigerian prince wants to give me the equivalent of $20million.

Calum said,
The Bing team is the team at Microsoft that regularly disappoints me the most.

+1 I really can't understand why they always launch new features only in US. Social search, new home page design, etc. How hard is it to push a new design worldwide? Seriously, Bing team, get your sh*t together.

Enron said,

Speak for yourself. I just did a search on Bing and won a million dollars!

The fact you have to interact with FB is a no go for me...
I do not have and I do not plan to get involved with it at all.