Microsoft expands Bing Rewards to iOS and Android; Windows Phone coming soon

Microsoft has offered desktop users of Bing a way to get a lot of free extras for some time now, if they sign up for the free Bing Rewards program. Today, the company announced that Bing Rewards is now available for iOS and Android device users as well.

The official Bing blog states that iOS and Android owners can head on over to the Bing Rewards site to check out a dashboard that's been designed and optimized for mobile devices. In addition to many of the rewards found on the PC version, there will also be special mobile exclusive rewards that can be collected, which of course gives people who use both a PC and a iOS or Android device even more points.

As with the PC version, mobile users of Bing Rewards can search on the site to gain points per day that can later be redeemed for prizes like gift cards, sweepstakes entries and more. At the moment, redeeming credits is still a PC exclusive but Microsoft is working to add that support to iOS and Android. Windows Phone support for Bing Rewards is also coming in the near future but a specific date was not announced.

Source: Bing blog | Image via Microsoft

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It sucks but I understand why. Bing is integrated deep into the OS so it requires an OS update to add that feature, but still... I would have held off on the iOS and Android updates until after it was added in WP8.1 (or whenever it's added)

I agree they could have waited until Bing was separated out, but at the same time... Bing is a cross-platform service. Why wait when they can provide their userbase now? Sure it looks odd, but it's better they provide their Bing users the functionality rather than hold off until WP-specific users get it.

Unacceptable that they have this trail on WP. This, Skype, Photosynth, etc. should always be updated for their platform either first or same day as competing platforms. It's a wonder they're successful at all with the mixed signals they keep sending. How on Earth can you offer support for a core service on a competing platform before your own? Unbelievable...

pcweber111 said,
Unacceptable that they have this trail on WP. This, Skype, Photosynth, etc. should always be updated for their platform either first or same day as competing platforms. It's a wonder they're successful at all with the mixed signals they keep sending. How on Earth can you offer support for a core service on a competing platform before your own? Unbelievable...

Skype has been a bit rogue, and Bing is baked in, so they have to wait for the next OS update.

Microsoft isn't as petty as the other companies either, so this has to be factored in.

Mobius Enigma said,

Skype has been a bit rogue, and Bing is baked in, so they have to wait for the next OS update.

Microsoft isn't as petty as the other companies either, so this has to be factored in.

True you have a point. I think I was a bit emotional when I responded lol.

This "One Microsoft" thing better happen soon. I still don't get why Xbox One achievements aren't showing up on the Windows 8 Games app yet.

Too funny how people were complaining blackberry didn't have bbm for wp yet. Hell even MS knows it's better to focus on iOS and android and later when/if you have time come up with something for wp lol

Rudy said,
Too funny how people were complaining blackberry didn't have bbm for wp yet. Hell even MS knows it's better to focus on iOS and android and later when/if you have time come up with something for wp lol

Has nothing to do with prioritizing for iOS or Android. It has to do with there is no 'Bing App' on WP8, it is a part of the OS, and has to be updated along with the entire OS.

WP8 is changing to that OS level built in Apps won't have to wait for a full OS level revision. This should happen by the 8.1 release in a couple of months.

I know that Windows Phone/Surface support is very slow from outside developers, but from Microsoft themselves......and from their own product? LOL...too funny!

They don't really have a choice. Bing is baked in, it can't be updated without an OS update. It will probably be separated out in 8.1 along with many of the other hubs. I don't get why no one here seems to get that.

One Microsoft strategy paying off: "we'll sink each other as one for we couldn't work with each other".

and BTW this goes deeper than just a dashboard, which BTW, you can see in WP via a web app. If you search in windows phone, bing gets the query but doesn't credit your account. You'd think this is a server side feature and that iOS and Android use the same api, but no the code looks like this:

If(request.clientOS != Clients.WindowsPhone)
User.Account.CreditSearch();
else{} //lolz @windowsPhoneTeam with love @bingTeam

return;

You'd think Microsoft would release it on WP first, or at least on all platforms at the same time. Its like they have no confidence in the platform. Apps like photosynth were on iOS for ages before it hit Windows Phone.

Photosynth required OS level changes in order to bring it to WP. Bing is baked into to the OS, so that also would require an OS level change in order for them to update it. This will obviously be changed in 8.1.

Microsoft should start believing in its own first OS if they want others to do so. How can day get devs to release apps for WP if they are the first to disregard their own product?

better yet, how are they going to make BUYERS believe in their own OS when their own search engine disregards their own phone...

reminds me of how bing search for iOS was better than on windows phone until MSFT finally caught up after like 2 years.

I get what you're saying and agree with you. However, Bing on iOS and Android is an app that they can update easily. Bing on WP is baked into the OS, so its more complex. I would expect "Coming Soon" to mean WP8.1 in April. Let's remember that the Bing logo on WP is still the old logo!

The simple and smart answer would have been to hold off on the Bing update for iOS and Android for whatever the reason for the WP delay, Wait until the WP update was ready as well. The perception of WP as a second class citizen from Microsoft itself is just fodder for the fire those against the platform and angst and increasing frustration for those that prop up the WP platform.

The reason why WP version is delayed is because Bing is BAKED IN... that would require an OS update. This will probably get changed in 8.1.

I like what you said. But, didnt they pay billions to Apple for Bing being the default search engine? I can understand babying that if they did pay that much for it. =)

pjosephson said,
The simple and smart answer would have been to hold off on the Bing update for iOS and Android for whatever the reason for the WP delay, Wait until the WP update was ready as well. The perception of WP as a second class citizen from Microsoft itself is just fodder for the fire those against the platform and angst and increasing frustration for those that prop up the WP platform.

Artificially delaying it might make 'business' sense, but it is disingenuous.

Microsoft does shoot themselves by being too platform inclusive sometimes; however, at least they are taking the better route for consumers and not punishing people that have an iPhone or Android. At least they are not restricting content like Google or paying develops 'not to develop' Apps for other platforms like Apple.

Microsoft is finally at the point of extending out WP8 layers, and by 8.1 the majority of waiting on full OS updates will become a thing of the past. (More minor updates, like Windows 8 and OS level Apps that can also be incrementally updated.)

j2006 said,
The reason why WP version is delayed is because Bing is BAKED IN... that would require an OS update. This will probably get changed in 8.1.

This ^

To get WP8 to market the application layer copied how WP7 worked, and in WP7 it was for performance and necessity to have Music/Video/Bing baked into the OS.

Microsoft started layering WP8 to allow more of a Windows 8 PC experience with OS level Apps and minor updates to be deployed without any carrier involvement.

Windows Phone 8.1 is where this starts to change, as it already has with Xbox Music/Video Apps that operate independently of the baked in variations.

Hopefully WP8.1 will move far enough forward so that it can roll out updates without the need for as frequent milestone builds/updates.

j2006 said,
The reason why WP version is delayed is because Bing is BAKED IN... that would require an OS update. This will probably get changed in 8.1.

Oh ok that makes sense then. Thanks for the info.

No. I used to enter them a lot back when Bing Rewards was new, figured the chances were better, but anymore I just do the Amazon. Have raked in over $400 in amazon gift cards between my wife and I.

you don't have to play the games of chance. just get an actual prize for credits like amazon gift cards or xbox account credit. I've gotten quite a few of free apps and videos with the rewards program. Although I find their daily quotas a bit restrictive. 15 credits per day doesn't get you much and their credit prices are quite high. they should double it.

neonspark said,
Although I find their daily quotas a bit restrictive. 15 credits per day doesn't get you much and their credit prices are quite high. they should double it.

I get 30 per day, but I have to do 3 searches per credit.

Nope. But I never enter the drawings. I have traded my points in for quite a few Amazon gift certificates. I get a $5 gift certificate once every five weeks or so.