Bing users will soon be able to get free Skype credits

Microsoft's Bing search engine has been giving its users a chance to gain rewards such as Microsoft points when they participate in the Bing Rewards program. Today, the official Bing blog announced that it is teaming up with another Microsoft division, the recently acquired Skype Internet phone service, to offer its customers some new incentives.

Bing Rewards members will soon be able to gain Skype credits while they are signed up for the program. The credits can be used to make international calls with Skype, calling landline or mobile phones with the software or used to access an official Skype WiFi hot spot. Bing users can gain Bing Rewards points by simply searching for items on Bing or trying out new Bing features. The blog states that Skype credits will be added to Bing Rewards "over the next few days."

In addition, new and current Skype software owners can now also download the Bing Bar for Internet Explorer for quick access to Bing Rewards or a number of other features. The blog also hints that more Bing-Skype team up projects may be in the works.

It will be interesting to see how Microsoft handles the new Skype division with even more tie ins to its various products, including Windows 8.

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I've been using my bing rewards for MS Points pretty much since I started using Bing Rewards. Definitely a good way to get them. I've already claimed over 1000 MS Points since I started using it. Was able to get the dlc pack for MW3 (yeah yeah), so at least they didn't get "my" money lol.

i used skype to call my bank directly while living abroad, i did not want to see the person that i was instructing to do things for me.

belto said,
i used skype to call my bank directly while living abroad, i did not want to see the person that i was instructing to do things for me.

feeling sleepy?

Auroka said,
Awesome! So does this mean I can just keep the minimum amount of credits on my account to get rid of the ads?

*I can
Waited to long to edit.

I like Bing Rewards, but I'm not a big fan of Bing Bar. In fact, I don't like any bars on my browser. I don't even want a scroll bar.

Enron said,
I like Bing Rewards, but I'm not a big fan of Bing Bar. In fact, I don't like any bars on my browser. I don't even want a scroll bar.

Check again. Bing Rewards no longer requires a toolbar but uses cookies and sign-in combo. If you are signed in using the correct Live ID, your points should accumulate.

xpclient said,

Check again. Bing Rewards no longer requires a toolbar but uses cookies and sign-in combo. If you are signed in using the correct Live ID, your points should accumulate.

Sorry, I should have been more clear. I meant to say that I use Bing Rewards, just not with the bar.