Microsoft isn’t too comfortable letting the world know about the bugs found in its product by announcing “bounty” for discovering bugs. But this time, the company goes big. For the first time ever, the Redmond software giant pays its first bug bounty to a Google engineer who discovered a critical bug in preview version of Internet Explorer 11.
Although Microsoft hasn’t named the person yet on a post published in its BlueHat blog, PCWorld has named the winner as being Google’s Ivan Fratric.
This is the first time Microsoft is offering payments in return of discovering critical bugs. Interestingly, or ironically, Google engineer is going to be the first person to win this bounty. There isn’t exact amount announced as to how much he will get, but Microsoft said that the maximum amount paid through this program is $11,000.
Offering cash for discovering bugs isn’t new to the software industry. Google has repeatedly done so for its Chrome browser. The social media giant Facebook has held such competition, too. Now that Microsoft is following the footsteps of other giants in the industry, we can expect them to deliver a really great version of Internet Explorer in the future.