Bing Rewards is now opening up to include more ways to earn, renaming to Microsoft Rewards and allowing a younger audience. The service is also moving from credits to points and changing its membership tiers.
The update will come within the next few weeks, and those already with an account will get automatically boosted to the highest membership level.
Microsoft Reward Changes
Member tiers have moved from “Member, Silver, Gold” to Level 1 and 2. As before, the rewards system will be limited to the US. However, the age limit of 13 no longer applies.
One of the biggest changes is the switch from credits to points. One credit converts to ten points, and your current balance will be multiplied automatically. Naturally, this means that you will get 10 points for every two Bing searches, rather than just one credit.
Alongside the changes to credits and membership comes a revamped leveling system. To get to the highest level previously you needed to earn 750 credits and search Bing 150 times a month. Microsoft has done away with the search requirement now, just requiring 500 points monthly.
This is due to the plethora of new ways you can earn points. In a strange move, Microsoft is now offering points for using Microsoft Edge. You can also earn by purchasing from the Microsoft and Windows Stores at a rate of one point per dollar.
Unfortunately, the referral system is currently disabled, so those looking to capitalize on the influx of new users will be disappointed. However, the functionality will be coming back in the future, and the reward program will be slowly expanding to other countries.
If you're not yet a member, you can sign up for Bing Rewards here. You can also learn more about the upcoming changes by visiting the new Microsoft Rewards website and the FAQ page for more in-depth explanations.