Microsoft has reduced the amount of Microsoft Rewards points users can earn, enraging those who have used the points to offset some of Microsoft’s more expensive services. The 15-point bonus for using Microsoft Edge daily has been removed, and rewards for daily activities have been reduced. On the Xbox, users report that the company is making additional changes to reduce point opportunities, possibly killing the Rewards app altogether.
Microsoft Rewards debuted in 2016 as the evolution of Bing Rewards. The more you use Microsoft’s services, the more Microsoft will pay you in points, which can be exchanged for real money or services. Historically, you’ve also received points for using the Xbox, as well as PC Game Pass and the mobile Microsoft apps. Microsoft has also awarded bonus points for completing specific tasks or “quests,” but those have been entirely optional.
Put another way, you used to earn 270 points per day just for various activities. But Microsoft has removed bonuses, reduced points for activity, and seemingly made rewards harder to obtain. Users have expressed frustration over these changes, and the future of Microsoft Rewards looks grim.