Santa Claus has put Microsoft on his “nice” list. The internationally popular NORAD Tracks Santa site, which pinpoints his progress on Christmas Eve, has switched from Google to Bing after a five-year relationship.
Bing Maps replaces Google Maps, and the big picture offered by Google Earth is now being provided by Cesium.
Santa seems to be platform-agnostic, however. There’s also a Windows 8 app featured for download, as part of the site sponsorship spotted by Search Engine Land, but there also are apps for Windows Phone, Android and iPhone/iPad.
Furthermore, the video on the site is on Google’s YouTube, where NORAD Tracks Santa maintains a YouTube channel
Here is the official description of the NORAD Tracks Santa project:
Starting at 12 a.m. MSTon Dec. 24, website visitors can watch Santa make the preparations for his flight. Then, at 4:00 a.m. MST (6:00 a.m. EST), trackers worldwide can speak with a live phone operator to inquire as to Santa’s whereabouts by dialing the toll-free number 1-877-Hi-NORAD (1-877-446-6723) or by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. NORAD’s “Santa Cams” will also stream videos as Santa makes his way over various locations throughout the world.
NORAD Tracks Santa – http://www.noradsanta.org
NORAD Tracks Santa – https://www.facebook.com/noradsanta
Microsoft blog – NORAD Tracks Santa with the Help of Partners
Search Engine Land – This Year, NORAD Tracks Santa With Microsoft & Bing, Not Google