Microsoft to pay users if they search with Bing

Bing is currently in second place with a 10 per cent market share in the UKLoic Venance  Getty Images

Bing is currently in second place with a 10 per cent market share in the UKLoic Venance Getty Images

Microsoft also allows users to donate their reward points to various charity organization it has partnered with. The program rewards users for making searches with Bing, with extras thrown in if these searches are conducted in Microsoft Edge.

Of course, in order to make the best of the service, you will need to switch your browser to Microsoft Edge, which means being on Windows 10, but that's okay because as Microsoft never stops reminding us whether we like it or not, Edge is faster and uses less battery. In the U.S., users are awarded up to three points per search for about 30 days at Level 1.

Well, you can enter competitions to win prizes (including an Xbox One S and other Microsoft hardware) but there are other options that guarantee you an actual reward, rather than merely the chance of one.

Microsoft also gives one point for every pound spent in the Microsoft Store in the UK.

During the day you can collect up to 60 points.

If you manage to hit 500 points in a month, you can unlock Level 2 access to the Microsoft Rewards programme.

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Or, if you're willing to save up for a while, you could exchange 9500 points for a month's access to Groove Music Pass - Microsoft's Spotify alternative.

Microsoft Rewards works similarly in the United States and UK.

If the item you are looking for appears to have a shopping intent e.g. looking for items to decorate your room, Bing will automatically do a shopping search and find relevant items in online stores that match the picture.

Lagging behind in third is former search heavyweight Yahoo! - with just 3.16 per cent market share.

Since I've been using Microsoft Rewards I've gotten years of Xbox Live Gold for free and now I use Bing for 95% of my internet searches.

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