Linked by David Adams on Thu 22nd May 2008 16:21 UTC, submitted by Laurence
Microsoft BBC News reports that Microsoft has come up with an interesting strategy to increase usage of its Live Search service: it is "offering "cold, hard cash" to persuade users to shop online using its Live Search engine and help the company catch up to rival Google. The savings range between 2% and 30% on products sold by select retailers through its so-called cashback service... '2008 is the year that search got competitive,' said Bill Gates."
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RE: Who doesn't want free money?
by japh on Sun 25th May 2008 08:55 UTC in reply to "Who doesn't want free money?"
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"Criticize MS all you want, I got 40 bucks back from a laptop purchase. If MS wants to share the wealth, I'm going to take full advantage of it."

It shouldn't be surprising that the people that are unwillingly sponsoring your laptop has opinions about it.

If someone else tried to sell you stuff you really needed where 80% of the price was pure profit for them you probably would complain too.
Even if the noble goal was for them to take a bigger part of a market they couldn't get without funding it with your money.

Edited 2008-05-25 09:06 UTC

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