Microsoft helps NORAD capture the magic of tracking Santa's journey

18 December 2013 | Michele Bedford Thistle, Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector



In the spirit of the holidays, Microsoft has once again partnered with the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) to create the most immersive, magical, and global Santa Tracker website yet. A time-honored tradition, children of all ages have tracked Santa’s route since 1955 with the help of NORAD’s radar, satellites, and jet fighters.

Built on Windows Azure to manage the massive number of visits, and optimized for modern browsers like Internet Explorer 11, the new site is fully touch-enabled, making the experience of mapping Santa’s journey truly interactive and captivating. At the heart of mapping Santa’s course is Bing Maps, and apps for Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 will feature live tiles helping families track Santa from their start screen. With a nostalgic, 3D Claymation look and feel, the site encourages families to explore Santa’s Village and discover music, videos, and new games daily up until December 24th.

Track Santa’s voyage across the globe from now until Christmas Eve by visiting www.NORADSanta.org. If you want to unwrap the technology behind this revamped site, learn more from Roger Capriotti, Senior Director of Product Marketing, Microsoft.

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Michele Bedford Thistle
Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

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Michele Bedford Thistle | Business Manager, Government, National Security, and International Organizations, Worldwide Public Sector

Michele is focused on sharing stories from government customers creating real impact for citizens, employees, economies, and students. She joined the worldwide team from Microsoft Canada, where she was also marketing lead for several technology start-ups.