This program is called Search@Work and the basic idea behind it is in return for using Microsoft’s Search Engine you will receive service credits that you are able use towards support training and more.


Below is additional information on the program:


Microsoft is committed to innovation in both the business and technology of search.  Today the search business is built on a model in which the provider realizes all the economic value.  We believe in a different model, one that we’ve successfully pioneered with consumers, in which the searcher shares in the value they create.   The Live Search team is excited to introduce a new program that recognizes and rewards business customers for using called the Search@Work Rewards Program.


What is the offer?

In return for making a non-exclusive commitment to use for web search, Microsoft rewards you with $2 of service credits per deployed PC, with the potential to earn additional service credit.  All we ask in return is that you do three things on enrolled PCs:

1)       Set as the default provider and maintain that setting in IE

2)       Install the Windows Live Toolbar and maintain the toolbar as visible  in IE

3)       Install a browser helper object, called the Search Rewards Client, which gathers and reports query volume so Microsoft can accurately measure and assign rewards


What can the service credits be used for and how can I access them?

Credits can be used for any mutually agreed offering such as deployment services, architecture planning, training classes, adCenter credits, etc…  You can use MCS, Premier or any 3rd party provider subject to reasonable approval.  Credits are redeemed by working with your account team to determine how to best meet your needs and then your account team and the Search@Work team will process your request.