Microsoft wants to pay you to use their search engine. No kidding.
This is Microsoft's latest effort to get people to use its search service. Microsoft will give you points for using the search engine. The points can later be redeemed for prizes.
To earn value for your searches and join the new promotion you must have Internet Explorer 6.0 or higher to participate.
Copy this URL and paste it into Internet Explorer:
Microsoft wants you to know that you can sgn up for SearchPerks! and start earning tickets towards exciting prizes whenever you search the Web – up to 25 tickets per day. It’s free, easy to use, and your tickets accumulate as fast as you can search.
Be sure to sign up before the registration deadline on December 31, 2008—the sooner you sign up, the more opportunity you have to earn tickets!
Here is how it works. You download a program to track your usage. In return you will get one "ticket" per day for every Live Search query, up to 25 per day. The program runs through April, at which point users can "cash in" the tickets that they get and trade them in for prizes or donate them to a charity.
People can sign up for the program through the end of the year, or until Microsoft reaches its target of 250,000 participants. Rewards can be earned through April.