Computerworld - Microsoft today announced that it had paid more than $28,000 in rewards to researchers for its first bug bounty program, a one-month special it ran during the summer for the preview version of Internet Explorer 11 (IE11).

While Microsoft trumpeted the amount, it was actually only $1,000 more than Google paid outside researchers last week for reporting flaws in the latest version of the search company's Chrome browser, and about 10% of what Google has forked over so far this year to security researchers.
Microsoft pays out $28K to IE bug hunters in its first-ever bounty program - Computerworld