Microsoft announced Wednesday that over the next few weeks, Bing Rewards will become Microsoft Rewards.
Users of Edge who sign up to Microsoft Rewards, which is currently US-only, are then awarded points simply for using the browser. Microsoft actively monitors whether you’re using Edge for up to 30 hours a month. It tracks mouse movements and other signs that you’re not trying to game the system, and you must also have Bing set as your default search engine.
The company did not reveal how many points an hour of browsing with Edge would earn, however. You’ll also earn points by buying, say, a new Surface at the Microsoft Store, at one point per dollar spent up to $20,000 total. Just be sure to provide your email address when the cashier asks; it’s the only way you’ll be able to apply the new Microsoft Points to your account.
There will also be two tiers in Microsoft Rewards. Tier 2 users can earn more points on Bing, save up to 10% on rewards from Microsoft brand, and will also receive “exclusive offers”. User must at least 500 points or more points a month in order to maintain their Tier 2 status. Points can then be traded in for vouchers or credit to places such as Starbucks or Amazon.
Users should note that this offer is available currently only in the US.