Microsoft launches Search Perks

Microsoft moves further down the road of buying its way into the search dominance (check out Live Search Cashback they launched back in May) with October 1 launch of a new loyalty points program - Search Perks.

The idea is very simple: search the web with Live Search and get a point for each search (up to 25 a day) which you can exchange for prizes come April 15, 2009. You currently get 500 points just for signing up - enough for a few music downloads or a deck of play cards.

There are a few more things you need to know:

  • The program is open to US residents only.
  • You will need to install a small internet browser add-on.
  • You can’t use it on any other browser but IE.

Encouraged by the free stuff, I initially considered giving Live Search a try, but the browser restriction killed it for me right there. IE is simply no match to Firefox and shuffling two browsers for different tasks is just too much.

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5 Responses to “Microsoft launches Search Perks”

  1. 1 JC Oct 7th, 2008 at 12:49 am

    My friend,
    That’s where User Agent Switcher, a firefox add-on/plugin, comes in!


  2. 2 JC Oct 7th, 2008 at 12:51 am

    Oh, I realized, you need the MS Browser for the Counter that SearchPerks installs.

  3. 3 Geezus Oct 9th, 2008 at 11:38 am

    The contest started 10/1/2008.
    They give you 500 pts for signing up.
    The Xbox 360 controller costs 5,500 pts.
    This leaves 5,000 pts to be earned.
    At most you can get 25 pts per day.
    5000/25 = 200 (days to get enough tickets).
    200 days from 10/1 is 4/19.
    The contest ends on 4/15.

    There is no way anyone could obtain enough tickets to purchase the controller. Shame on Microsoft for misleading consumers!

  4. 4 Alex Oct 13th, 2008 at 1:08 pm

    “The suckiest bunch of suckers ever sucked…” (c) SearchPerks program that is… Geezus got it right ;)

  5. 5 Brian Nov 5th, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Hey Geezus – are you illiterate?

    1. It clearly states “Stay tuned for additional ways to earn tickets once you join the promotion”
    2. The controller is 4500, not 5000.

    Shame on Microsoft? Looks like you’re just another idiot jumping to conclusions w/o reading the promotion.

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