Microsoft will now PAY YOU to use its unpopular Windows 10 web browser

You are required to set Microsoft's Bing as your default search engine to get the cash rewards

MICROSOFT has launched a new rewards system that pays customers to use its minimalist new web browser, Edge, which rolled out alongside Windows 10.

Microsoft really wants you to try its new browser.Edge is a minimalist new web browser launched alongside Windows 10.The Redmond technology firm claims its new browser is faster and more battery-efficient than Google Chrome or Firefox. One of the headline features included in the overhauled new browser is the ability to quickly scribble and annotate on webpages.

You can also use voice assistant Cortana to provide context and additional information around a topic or specific word by right-clicking within Edge.

But despite these improvements and stand-out features, Microsoft Edge has not proven particularly popular with customers.

Google's Chrome browser is still the most popular tool to browse the web on Windows 10

Google’s Chrome browser is still the most popular tool to browse the web on Windows 10

Chrome remains the most popular choice on Windows 10, according to San Francisco-based firm Quantcast.The Google browser – which has a number of hilarious hidden features – accounts for a staggering 70 per cent of all browser activity originating from Windows 10.Meanwhile, Edge saw a small bump when Windows 10 rolled out worldwide – peaking at 16 per cent of all browser activity from the operating system.

Meanwhile the outdated and infamously infuriating Internet Explorer accounts for a meagre 5 per cent of traffic from Windows 10 users.

Microsoft has launched a new campaign via Microsoft Rewards – formerly known as Bing Rewards – to tempt users to its redesigned browser.

One of the stand-out features in Microsoft Edge lets you annotate and doodle on any webpage

One of the stand-out features in Microsoft Edge lets you annotate and doodle on any webpage

Those who sign-up for Microsoft Rewards, currently US-only, will be awarded points for using Microsoft Edge.Microsoft will monitor how much time you spend using the minimalist browser, with users required to hit 30 hours a month.The US technology firm will also watch your mouse movements to make sure you’re using the browser properly and not tricking the system.

You are also required to set Microsoft’s Bing as your default search engine.Microsoft Rewards also awards points to users for shopping at the Microsoft Store or using Bing.

Points can be traded-in for vouchers or store credit in StarBucks, Skype, Amazon or advert-free Outlook.com.

The news comes as Microsoft launched a new Apple-bashing advertisement for its Surface Pro 4 hybrid.

In a similar vein to Apple’s Get A Mac television campaign – which featured the iconic “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” comparisons with David Mitchell and Robert Webb – the latest Surface advert places the iPad Pro next to the Surface Pro 4 and directly compares a number of features on each device.

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SOURCE: Express.co.uk

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