It looks like the folks at the popular NORAD Santa Tracker are using Microsoft tools to track Kris Kringle’s progress this year.
Microsoft says the NORAD Santa Tracker, which has “tracked” Santa’s journey around the world during Christmas for some 50 years, is, this year, built on Windows Azure cloud computing platform and Bing Maps. There are also Windows Phone and Windows 8 apps to track Santa’s progress.
This is the first year NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) has partnered with Microsoft for the Santa Tracker program, according to a NORAD spokesman who declined to give a reason for the change.
Before, NORAD had been partnering with Google on the project. Since 2007, Google had been “incorporating NORAD’s data on Santa’s whereabouts into special 2D Google Maps and 3D Google Earth representations,” according to CNET.
Um, good thing NORAD’s not using Apple Maps, which might have put Santa HQ in the South Pole?
(Screenshot of NORAD Santa Tracker from www.noradsanta.org)