Microsoft quietly adds new way to earn Bing Rewards points via mobile search

In January, Microsoft announced that it was extending its Bing Rewards program in the U.S. to mobile phones such as iOS and Android. However, until this week, the mobile experience wouldn't allow users to gain any extra points. That has now changed, as Microsoft has quietly added a way to generate additional credits by searching on Bing via its mobile-only website.

The dashboard for the Bing Rewards program now shows a "Mobile Search" option that will allow people who are signed up to get up to 10 additional points per day for searching on the mobile site up to 20 times. Previously, points could only be generated by searching on the main Bing website, up to 30 points per day.  The 10 additional points can be redeemed to purchase items like gift cards, sweepstakes entries and more.

The Mobile Search option is apparently available just for iOS and Android phone users. WPCentral reports that some Windows Phone owners are seeing Bing Rewards support on their phones, though two Windows Phone devices used by Neowin staff members don't yet have the feature. It's possible Microsoft is rolling out Bing Rewards to a select number of Windows Phone users for testing before launching it officially.

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well, it is good to know some things never change. The sun will always rise from the east, you can count on death and taxes, and MSFT will never care for its own platforms enough to support them the way they do iOS and Android.

neonspark said,
well, it is good to know some things never change. The sun will always rise from the east, you can count on death and taxes, and MSFT will never care for its own platforms enough to support them the way they do iOS and Android.

Unfortunately there is no dislike button. I don't like this at all. So call this an "I agree" click.

They said it's coming... plus why hold back one team's CROSS-PLATFORM SERVICE due a limitation of another's team's OS? That requires an OS-level update to bring that to the OS, which they said is coming. It's better they grow their Bing SERVICE on other popular devices instead of holding it back for OS development.

j2006 said,
They said it's coming... plus why hold back one team's CROSS-PLATFORM SERVICE due a limitation of another's team's OS? That requires an OS-level update to bring that to the OS, which they said is coming. It's better they grow their Bing SERVICE on other popular devices instead of holding it back for OS development.

Yes, that's what we keep hearing. Yet I don't see Apple releasing features on Windows before the Mac. Or Google designing sites and services that use features in IE that are not found in Chrome...

neonspark said,
MSFT will never care for its own platforms enough to support them the way they do iOS and Android.

They just released Wordament Snap Attack for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, with iPhone and Android on the horizon.

Surface had Office for 2 years before iPad, and the version of Office on Surface is still way more feature-packed.

ModernMech said,
How do you do that?

Probably a custom browser app -- if it's even possible on a non-unlocked phone.

Even so, hardly worth the effort just to earn Bing points. It SHOULD be tied to the default search and Cortana (in 8.1).

I found a firefox plugin that allows you to change the user agent to iPhone. Then if you browse Bing with that active you can get the 10 credits.

scumdogmillionaire said,
except cortana doesn't currently trigger these bonus rewards :( nothing I've tried on WP8.1 does.

I've gotten all of my points everyday with my Nokia 1520 and cortana.