Every December, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (“NORAD”) serves the important role of ensuring that Santa’s journey around the world is safe.  Since 1955, children of all ages have tracked his route with the help of NORAD’s radar, satellites, and jet fighters.  This year, Microsoft has lent a hand to make the experience the most magical yet, putting a fresh spin on the time-honored tradition with the launch of the new www.NORADSanta.org. This is not the first time Microsoft has worked with NORAD Tracks Santa.  Last year, the company provided interactive Bing Maps to give people at home an interactive visual of Santa’s whereabouts on Christmas Eve, which was powered by Windows Azure, as well as apps for Windows and Windows Phone that allowed people a platform to play and learn. The Internet Explorer team collaborated with NORAD to rebuild the Web experience from the ground up.  The new ...

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Microsoft scored a small victory by displacing Google Maps in NORAD’s seasonal Santa tracker, which has been tracking the crimson present distributor for the the last 50 years. For the last 4 years Google has been providing the maps for the service, but this year Bing and Windows Azure will be powering NORAD’s tracking service. This may explain the presence of Windows Phone 8 and Windows 8 apps specifically to keep an eye on Santa’s movement. NORAD declined to give a reason for the change, but one suspects it may have something to do with Google increasing API fees for their mapping products. One suspects their falling profits has been making the company a lot more Scrooge-like recently. Via SeattleTimes.com ...

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If you are hoping for a new Windows Phone or a Surface tablet this Christmas, you probably want to keep an eye on Santa’s progress on the most important day. The official NORAD app will help you countdown to December 24th and enable you to watch Santa traverse the globe in real time on Christmas Eve as he distributes gifts to all the world’s children! The app also features: Learn more about NORAD and how and why we track Santa Watch videos from all of our Commands Links to Windows Store games Find the app in the Windows 8 store here. Thanks Christopher for the tip. ...

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