Microsoft's Bing and Skype units are working on a number of cross-platform products and promotions, in this end the company today announced "Bing and Skype - Better Together" promotion to help users do more online.
According to a March 27 blog post, Skype began offering Bing Bar to new users at the time of installation, and existing Skype users "may also be offered it." The Bing Bar is also available here to anyone using Internet Explorer 7 or above, and provides users a fast way to search and easy access to Facebook, email, breaking news, weather, Bing Rewards, and more -- no matter where you are on the web.
In additon, over the next few days, Skype Credit are set to be offered through Bing Rewards redemption center. For those now aware, "Bing Rewards is the best way to use Bing. Members earn credits for rewards by taking advantage of offers, which may include earning credits for conducting searches on Bing, or trying out new Bing features."
"For only 100 Bing Rewards credits, members can receive Skype Credit for up to 60 minutes of calling1on Skype," Bing said. Adding, "While Skype users can always make free one-on-one video calls, and send instant messages, with Skype Credit they can":
- Call landlines or mobile phones
- SMS to mobile phones directly
- Set up a Skype To Go number2 and call abroad from any phone
- Access Skype Wi-Fi through third-party hotspots