Well, not yet, but the money’s coming in less than 60 days. As David Pogue has reported, Microsoft really wants you to use its search engine:
Until the end of the year, youâ€™ll get points every time you use Microsoftâ€™s Live.com service. Pile up enough of them, and you can buy free music downloads, gadgets, even frequent-flier miles. (Limited to the first 1 million people who sign up. Works with Internet Explorer for Windows only.)
It sounds like an email scam, but it’s true: Microsoft wants to give you money. I stumbled across another incarnation of their pay-to-search plan via FatWallet, and put it into action; I ended up getting an MSI Wind for $285 (after adding 2-day shipping and insurance, it came to $327). I’ve written it up on Hackszine, where I’m covering for Jason while he’s on vacation.