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Would You Switch to Bing for $3 to a Good Cause?

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 9 comments

Trying Bing can help someone in school.

Google has become the standard search engine of choice around the world, but it's not the only one in the game. Microsoft's Bing is a fine alternative, but getting people to switch is hard. Would you switch your search engine if Microsoft were to donate $3 to schools in need?

Microsoft has created Search With Purpose, a page that will add Bing as a search provider in Firefox and IE (though the whole donation process will work with Chrome and Safari too) and send you a $3 donation code for you to enter in yourself.

The page notes "Bing will donate up to $100,000 in $3 donation codes during the promotion. Donation codes may only be used at and expire on August 31, 2010." Nevertheless, it's to a good cause and you don't really have to be committed to Bing if you find Google is still a better fit for your internet needs.

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    fjiekie , 16 July 2010 14:59
    ok, its very simple, lets go to bing, use it one time, donate their money to a school and return to google, move it!
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    Anonymous , 16 July 2010 15:38
    NO don't go there..... Bing is using the inocent/needy to collect your email addresses. I tried it.
    first you have to give your email to Bing and agree to the terms. then you get an email. next you go to the actual donation site and the minimum donation is $5. so unless you provide the remaining $2 the offer is not valid.
    But you have already given your email to Microsoft so they have made their money. How sad that MS is running scams like this.....
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    fjiekie , 16 July 2010 15:57
    yes go there, use a spam-mailaccount or create a new one just for this.
    microsoft wont know your real email.

    you can donate any amount, just go to the box and type "3".
    congrats, you just donated 3$ (of microsoft) to a school.

    please think it through before posting something like this.
    (you dont even need to (de)activate bing in your searchbar, just install it)

    so again, go and spend microsoft's money (it costs you 1-2 minutes, it has costs me already more than 5 min to type these messages and donate)
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    Clintonio , 16 July 2010 19:28
    I don't see why people have an issue with this. If you try Bing, like it, and give to charity. Everyone except Google gains. If you don't like Bing, everyone except Microsoft gains. If Microsoft didn't do this, the needy lose out.

    What's the problem again? Looking at it from a win-loss perspective anyway...
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    Anonymous , 16 July 2010 19:40
    Ok Ok... So i might have jumped the gun a bit and i did use my spam-mail. My apologies :-(

    But i did go to the site now and use up Microsofts $3.. :-)

    and also, dont you think that it is a bit sad that MS is using those kids to get ppl to use Bing and collect email addresses. They are such a big company that they should just donate it without taking something back. And if they don't hit the total it will be the ppls fault for not doing it.

    From a advertising point it doesnt matter if you have used a spam-mail account or not, its still a working address and worth something.
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    fjiekie , 16 July 2010 22:14
    good to hear :) 

    its mostly a point of view, microsoft could spend 100.000 dollars on a marketing-agent to promote bing, or they put up a page on their server and donate that 100.000 to schools instead.
    i would prefer the schools, they need it...

    and always keep in mind: microsoft is a company, and companies don't do charity but they will give money to anyone if they get a better image...
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    ksampanna , 17 July 2010 02:57
    Bullcrap. The $3 donation is just a feel good cause. Trying to emotionally blackmail users to switch (not that they would, anyway ...)
    Bad Microsoft
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    bv90andy , 17 July 2010 04:58
    "I gave to this project because is using you guys to get some costumers" with the name Bill Gates :) 
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    mi1ez , 17 July 2010 05:57
    I'll give to charity and carry on using google once sober. ta