Bing offers up search rewards to Internet Explorer users

Today, Bing announced an all new incentive to use the decision engine, by offering a cash reward to users who search. Bing Rewards is different from Bing Cashback, which was discontinued back in June.

Bing Rewards works by accumulating credits while you search using the Bing bar, and once you have earned enough credits, you can redeem your points for merchandise. Rewards include things like gift cards, electronics, music, games, Bing gear and more. You can see the Bing Rewards catalogue here.  Bing Rewards will only ship within the 50 United States.

Bing Rewards is free to sign up, and users will receive 250 credits after registering. To get started, simply register for Bing Rewards, download the Bing Toolbar and login with your Windows Live ID. If you don't have a Windows Live ID, you can register for one here. The reward program only supports Internet Explorer 7 or higher on Windows XP SP2, Vista or Windows 7.

Users will be able to redeem their prizes at any time, and comes with free shipping for your items.

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C_Guy said,
No reward is worth installing a toolbar.

Fortuantely for Bing, it sells itself. No incentives required.


Microsoft seems to think otherwise...

What's really funny is that they offer 100 microsoft points for 100 bing points and then one zune song for 100 points but the songs on Zune are only about 79 points per song.

thatguyandrew1992 said,
**According to the Bing Toolbar
"Earn one credit for every five Bing web searches up to 20 credits per day until October 2, 2010."

Mine says every two searches

Kondrath said,
Is everyone getting different terms and conditions, or something? I've got every 5 searches, with only 10 credits per day.

That is really weird. I'm not sure what's going on with that

Kondrath said,
Is everyone getting different terms and conditions, or something? I've got every 5 searches, with only 10 credits per day.

Seems like it. How odd. Maybe some kind of spam protection. Or I guess they are making sure they don't end up giving out too much money, and are trying to find the best one.

US Only? It's a shame. I really like some of the accessories
Also, I don't need the Bing Bar or, for that matter any other search bar. That's what the combined address/search box is for.

lordcanti86 said,
Question: Do you have to actually use the toolbar to search, or can you accumulate points from normal searches as well?

Normal searches work as well.

I thought this was an interesting idea - until the Bing Toolbar part. I refuse to have any toolbars installed as a matter of principle.

NateB1 said,
I thought this was an interesting idea - until the Bing Toolbar part. I refuse to have any toolbars installed as a matter of principle.

As long as modern tool bars arent the browsing slowing **** there where in 2000 then I wouldnt have a problem

Sylar2010 said,

As long as modern tool bars arent the browsing slowing **** there where in 2000 then I wouldnt have a problem

IE 9 says that the Bing Bar adds .04 seconds of load time

redsoxm16 said,

IE 9 says that the Bing Bar adds .04 seconds of load time


Still ugly as hell. You're better off just signing into Bing and searching straight from the site.

what said,
I thought the days of silly toolbars were long gone.

Nah. Haven't you seen a normal user? My God! Those toolbars occupy more than the page the browser is displaying, and then people say Windows suck...

Sylar2010 said,
How many credits per search anyone?

1 credit for every two searches.
16 max credits a day.
Offer valid until Oct 2, 2010

redsoxm16 said,

1 credit for every two searches.
16 max credits a day.
Offer valid until Oct 2, 2010

1 credit for every FIVE searches.
10 max credits a day.
Offer valid until Oct 2, 2010.

That's what it tells me.

Kondrath said,

1 credit for every FIVE searches.
10 max credits a day.
Offer valid until Oct 2, 2010.

That's what it tells me.

Offer only valid through Oct 2, 2010? That is only 11 days from now... umm... so that means you can only get 110 + 250 = 360 credits? Everything except the donations are more than that...that doesn't make sense.

Kondrath said,

1 credit for every FIVE searches.
10 max credits a day.
Offer valid until Oct 2, 2010.

That's what it tells me.

So 80 searches a day gets you 16 points. The Bing points are equal exactly to Microsoft points, this means that 16 points equates to 20 cents. If you do 80 searches every day you can get about 5,8400 bing points. 4,8400 bing points is equal to the same amount of microsoft points. With the microsoft point conversion you can get a maximum of $73 every year. When you create the account you also get 250 free points which converts to $3.12. So for the first year you can get a maximum of $76.12

Hmmm, interesting idea. Dunno if it's worth it for the Bing USB drive or whatever other crap they got. Oh sweet, they got Ro sham bo dice? I needed those!

/sarcasm

TheRackow said,
the whole point of IE9 was getting rid of all the browser crap... why would i want to install the bing bar?!

Because you want quick access to the services through it? Isn't that the point of the bing bar?

TheRackow said,
the whole point of IE9 was getting rid of all the browser crap... why would i want to install the bing bar?!

Blah, toolbars suck. This isn't worth it to have that crappy toolbar installed. I cringe when I'm watching someone else use their computer, they open up IE (first cringe) followed by a barrage of toolbars (second cringe followed by puking).

TheRackow said,
the whole point of IE9 was getting rid of all the browser crap... why would i want to install the bing bar?!

Yeah, I kind of wish the Bing Bar wasn't a required install.

Kondrath said,
I guess this is neat, but I really miss Bing Cashback...

bing cash back was a joke. sometime bing shows higher price than the actual price.
there was an article posted here at Neowin about that.

Kondrath said,
I guess this is neat, but I really miss Bing Cashback...
Yes neat for customers. However, this would have been a better idea for MS instead of giving away their cash in the first place.

Me too. I saved at least $500 total on various purchases made from eBay which had partnered with Cashback. Wish they bring back Cashback. Must have caused them loss.

still1 said,

bing cash back was a joke. sometime bing shows higher price than the actual price.
there was an article posted here at Neowin about that.

It was no joke. And all the prices were correct. I know this for fact because I used Bing cachback a lot, along with 2 other cash back programs. All you did was check the price of the item, then choose who you wanted to get cashback from.