In recent weeks, Microsoft has secretly released their own point-based rewards system for all Windows 10 users. Unlike other rewards programmes, Microsoft Rewards doesn’t force you to spend or even complete complicated tasks to make it worth your time. It’s a free programme that enables you to earn points for simply using Microsoft services and/or complete routine tasks (that you’d be doing anyway). In turn, you can redeem those points for gift cards, sweepstakes entries, non-profit donations, and much more. It’s basically free money!
Simply put, Microsoft Rewards is a free point-based system that lets you earn rewards for using services and products exclusively from Microsoft. Particularly, the programme allows you to earn points for using the company’s Bing search engine, make purchases from the Microsoft Store and complete certain surveys, activities or tasks on Windows 10. Now, we know that Bing isn’t a top-notch search engine. However, if you’re being rewarded with 5 points for every search you make, it becomes rather compelling to use.
Microsoft Rewards is a loyalty-based rewards programme that incentivizes Microsoft customers to remain within the company’s ecosystem. If you use Microsoft services frequently, you can even end up with a free Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass membership, or perhaps the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership. One month of the Xbox Game Pass Ultimate membership will cost you 14,000 points, at most. For perspective, that’s only 2,800 searches using Bing. If you’re someone that uses the internet often, Microsoft Rewards will be very worthwhile for you!
Furthermore, you can even earn points for using the Bing search engine on your phone or Xbox console(s). It doesn’t matter what you search, as long as the searches aren’t repeated. Additionally, using Microsoft Edge as your default browser comes with its own rewards. While Microsoft Edge wasn’t always the fastest or most reliable browser for use, the recent update that aligned the browser to the Chromium open source project has made it significantly better (even overthrowing Google Chrome, for the most part).
Microsoft understands that engagement is a needed commodity. Hence, it induces you to continue participation by rewarding you with points for completing certain challenges and activities. You can solve quizzes, complete tasks and play fun mini-games, all the while earning points. These dopamine-stimulating activities motivate you to keep going and, in turn, keep you within the company’s ecosystem. Smart, actually!
Right now, Microsoft Rewards is only available in the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Republic of Ireland, Brazil, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Belgium, Hong Kong SAR, Japan, Mexico and Taiwan. However, considering the growing notoriety of the programme, Microsoft will certainly open it to other countries as well.
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