Sunday, 11 April 2021 22:13

Microsoft to entice corporate users to Bing by linking rewards to Office 365


The big news for Microsoft Office 365 this week is users with personal Microsoft accounts can earn Microsoft Rewards points in connection with their work searches on Bing when the Link Microsoft Azure Active Directory with Rewards feature is enabled.

You might ask what the most pressing bugs and feature enhancements needed in Office 365 are. If you said you’re desperate for your workplace users to accrue Microsoft Rewards points when they conduct searches with Bing, connecting their personal Microsoft accounts and their company Azure AD accounts, then you’re clearly in sync with Microsoft’s product team.

Microsoft's latest announcement concerning Office 365 feature rollout is precisely this; it is roadmap ID 70634, being rolled out at the tenant level. The toggle is available as of April 10th, 2021, and will be live from May 10th, 2021.

Users in your Office 365 tenancy with personal Microsoft accounts can earn Microsoft Rewards points in connection with their work searches when the Link Microsoft Azure Active Directory (Azure AD) with Rewards feature is enabled.

If this feature is enabled for your tenant, unless a user opts out of this feature, their personal Microsoft account will be associated with their workplace Azure AD account, if they sign in with both on Bing and are opted into Rewards.

For clarity, Microsoft Rewards gives you points for performing your web searches with Bing, as well as purchasing selected items in the Microsoft Store.

Earn enough points and you can redeem them for gift vouchers, competition entries, and more. For example, earn 6,750 points and you can redeem them for a $5 Coles voucher. You can earn up to 90 points per day from Bing searches, at three points per search (30 searches), so that’s 75 days for your well-earned $5 reward. You can accelerate this by earning points from searching with Bing on your mobile device, clicking daily links, playing daily surveys, and a monthly bonus if you are using the Edge browser.

As an Office 365 administrator, you need to decide if you want your users to have this ability to link their accounts and decide whether to disable it before May 10th, 2021.

Within the Microsoft 365 admin centre, select Organisation Settings then scroll to Microsoft Rewards. Highlight and select Allow users to connect their Azure AD and Microsoft Rewards Accounts and adjust there according to your organisation policy on this delicate and highly important feature enhancement.

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David M Williams

David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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