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Bing is your friend. A friendly tip.

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I'll preface my tip by saying I am in no way affiliated with MS, Bing, Bill gates, Josh Howard, AVSIM, or anyone connected to these fine people/organizations. And I will see no financial gain by posting this, but you will.

 

I've seen a few posts about Aeorcaches and people using Google to research the daily hunts. This is costing you real money. Having only learned about this in the past few days, I thought I'd share for those of you who don't know.

 

Go to the Xbox site and under the "Xbox Live" tab, click on "Xbox LIVE Rewards" and enroll in the program. Make sure you are signed in under your primary gamertag.

 

Using the rewards program allows you to earn credits. You can use these credits to buy Microsoft Points which you can use to purchase DLC.

 

So you might be asking, How is using Google costing me real money? You earn credits by searching on Bing! Up to 20 credits a day! There are others ways to earn credits but a click glance over the Rewards site will point you in the right direction.

 

Yeah, but how many credits does it take to buy Points? Right now it takes 475 credits to buy 400 MSPs. In 24 days you'll have enough credits to get 400 MSPs. Not bad at all. The P-40 costs 560 MSPs. Nice little savings/bonus by using Bing for your Aerocache research.

 

Anyways, this is an easy way to defray the cost of monthly DLC.

 

Warning: Do not abuse the rewards program by using multiple accounts. MS will find you and ban you from further rewards.

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If only Bing actually brought up relevant information...

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Hi,

 

Thanks. Only took a couple of minutes to sign up. It recognized my gamertag as I was signed up after just a few clicks. I bookmarked the site, so now I have to remember to check things every so often to see what's going on.

 

Jim F.

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You earn credits by searching on Bing!

Interesting post, but if MS are paying people to 'google' with Bing, then something's not gone right for their search engine aspirations...

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Interesting post, but if MS are paying people to 'google' with Bing, then something's not gone right for their search engine aspirations...

 

Which is why MS tried to buy Yahoo a few years back at ~$30 a share (Yahoo now trades at ~$15/share). Let's just say "search" is not MS's forte. But we digress.

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Afaik this is only applicable for US?

Can anyone confirm or decline?

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I read this on the Rewards site:

 

"Xbox LIVE Rewards is open to free and Gold Xbox LIVE members who live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland and are 13 years or older."

 

I also read you need to connect your XBox to the internet in order to join the program: I don't own an XBox and I don't live in one of the mentioned countries, so... I will stick with Google. :wink:

 

I think it's good to make clear this isn't a simple trick that works for everyone!!!

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Have read the FAQ now.

The Bing search reward is only given in US.

All other rewards in the countries above. But all earned points are only valid for 1 month.

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I read this on the Rewards site:

 

"Xbox LIVE Rewards is open to free and Gold Xbox LIVE members who live in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, France, Germany, Australia, New Zealand or Ireland and are 13 years or older."

 

I also read you need to connect your XBox to the internet in order to join the program: I don't own an XBox and I don't live in one of the mentioned countries, so... I will stick with Google. :wink:

 

I think it's good to make clear this isn't a simple trick that works for everyone!!!

 

Bolded part is not true. You just need an Windows Live Account.

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Bolded part is not true. You just need an Windows Live Account.

 

Ah, ok, clear. Well, it certainly is a great tip for all US-pilots so thanks for the heads up! Hopefully other countries will be added in the future: it's always nice gettings things for free... :wink:

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But anyway Microsoft announced last week that Windows LIVE and Points will be suspended and a new unified Microsft ID system will be introduced with the release of Windows 8.

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Let's hope they will also introduce a worldwide rewardsystem... :wink:

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It's actually called bing rewards not Xbox Live Rewards which is actually a different program. If you go to bing and sign in with your windows ID you can enable bing rewards.

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Just tried it from Canada but, unfortunately, it is only available in the United States. I will have to look into the XBox Live rewards to see what that is about though as that seems to be available in more countries.

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Well, thank <deity of your choice> that I live in Sweden and thus don't have to use Bing :).

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As Sigma says above:

 

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As for XBOX rewards, if you don't have gold membership you are limited to receiving awards for doing surveys and stuff (<20 points a time)

 

Good idea, though...Not quite worth moving to the US for, though :smile:

 

jake

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If only Bing actually brought up relevant information...

Well, thank <deity of your choice> that I live in Sweden and thus don't have to use Bing :).

 

Just for fun, try this: http://blindsearch.fejus.com/

 

It basically takes your search term and feeds it into Bing & Google, shows the results without saying which are from what search engine, and lets you vote. Not trying to convert anyone to Bing, but sometimes people who seem to have something against Bing consistently end up voting for the Bing results :P.

 

Search engine preference is something personal based on your own use of them. For my use, Bing is actually really good and often turns op more relevant stuff than Google does. I also get the feeling Google is getting 'too smart'. Taking my search term, only using parts of it, guessing that I mean one thing and showing those results when I really meant exactly what I typed in the search box...

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Pretty much very time I've Binged something with more than one or two terms, nothing on page 1 of the results led to exactly what I was looking for.

 

Copy & paste that same query into Google and result #1 or #2 is usually right on target.

 

/shrug

 

Google has a huge head-start, though. I'm sure Bing improves faster than Google does, as they have more low-hanging fruit.

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Bing looks nicer imo, but as Ray says above, it's a pants search engine..

 

Not sure where that report a while back about how much better and independent a Bing search is came from

 

/me thinks :Whistle:

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Exibit "A"

 

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Multiple definitions for the word "the"? Seriously?

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Copy & paste that same query into Google

 

I use Chrome and if you highlight any text and right-click it, the option to search Google for it is there.

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I use Chrome and if you highlight any text and right-click it, the option to search Google for it is there.

 

Yeah, Firefox does that, too. Not sure about the Steam browser. But it doesn't really matter how you get the text in the box when you're comparing search engines.

 

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