Now Microsoft has teamed up with some of the big names on the web, including Groupon, Gilt Groupe, Slacker, Hulu, and eBay, to bring exciting offers in order to promote their latest browser Internet Explorer 9. You could earn yourself a free month of premium Hulu, or $5 in Groupon Bucks, or even an Xbox 360. These offers all have one thing in common – they showcase the new IE 9 taskbar pinning feature which allows to access your favorite sites directly from the Windows taskbar without having to open your browser first.
To be eligible for these offers, all you need to do is download IE 9 final version, install it, and pin the participating website to your taskbar, and use the IE9 jump-list links to activate your free offers. To pin a website, simply click the web page icon in Internet Explorer and drag it your Windows task bar.
Some of the offers start today and some you will see over the coming months. Here is what each promotional partner site is giving away:
Internet Explorer 9 will let subscribers pin Groupon to their taskbar, where they’ll be able to see all of their nearby Groupon deals with a single click. And the first time they click to a deal from their taskbar and buy it, they’ll award them $5 in Groupon Bucks to use towards any future Groupon purchase.
Slacker has a great offer coming soon. First check out Slacker’s customizable radio stations. Pin Slacker to your taskbar, and you’ll get access to one free month of Slacker Radio Plus subscription service! Your Jump List gets smarter the more you listen, and you can even control Slacker Radio from your Windows 7 thumbnail preview.
Gilt, the invitation-only lifestyle site offering highly coveted products and experiences at insider prices, has partnered with Microsoft to celebrate the launch of IE9. Members who pin Gilt to their Windows task bar and make a $250+ purchase from the Gilt dynamic Jump List will receive a free Xbox 360 4GB Standard Console, Samsung Focus with Windows Phone 7, or Xbox 360 Kinect 4GB Console Bundle.
Beginning March 28th, one month of Hulu Plus will be free to IE9 for 1 month to users who pin and access the offer through the Jump List.
Note: Hulu is officially available only in the U.S. but you can access it through U.S proxy’s or VPN.
In April – 8% extra eBay bucks on purchases made by eBay Buck users coming from the IE9 dynamic Jump List. And in May, a $5 discount coupon on the first purchase made by any eBay user coming from the Jump List.
You can expect much more on these offers in the coming months.