What you need to know
- You can now earn Microsoft Rewards points through Windows Search.
- The search box on Windows 10 now shows a Microsoft Rewards icon.
- The feature is available on devices running Windows 10 version 1909.
It just got easier to earn Microsoft Rewards points on your PC. On devices running Windows 10 version 1909, you can earn Microsoft Rewards points by performing web searches through Windows Search. In addition to being able to earn points directly within Windows Search, you can also keep track of your points with a Microsoft Rewards icon within Windows Search. HTNovo first spotted the change (via WinBuzzer).
The feature appears to be in the middle of a rollout right now. Several members of our team opened up Windows Search, and only some of them saw the new Microsoft Rewards icon. One of our writers is on a corporate account and didn't see the icon, while another on a personal account did. There's a chance that the functionality is only available for certain types of accounts. We were able to earn some Microsoft Rewards points by performing web searches through Microsoft Search.
Microsoft Rewards allows you to build up points and redeem your points for things like Xbox Live Gold subscriptions, Microsoft Store gift cards, and more. While there are some options for non-Microsoft services, the best values usually come from redeeming your points for a Microsoft service subscription or gift card. For example, I've built up my movie collection by redeeming my points for Microsoft Store gift cards. Many people use Microsoft Rewards points to cover their subscription to Xbox Live Gold or Xbox Game Pass.