While Santa Claus is still a few days away for kids around the globe, the technology behind tracking where he will be delivering gifts is in full gear. On Monday, Microsoft unveiled its plans to track Santa Claus and his adventure, all with the NROAD Tracks Santa Experience for all to enjoy.
The NORAD Tracks Santa Experience will go live on Tuesday, December 2014 at 11:00 pm PST, and will be the home of where kids around the globe can track Santa Claus. His every move will be able to be viewed on their global maps, and allows families to gather around Bing and see his global travels.
Santa And NORAD
The NORAD Tracks Santa project is a collaboration between Microsoft and NORAD, and is one the most exciting holiday projects on the web. It will allow for kids and families to start tracking Santa Claus starting at 3:00 am PT on Wednesday, December 24, and will for the first time include 3D images from Bing Maps.
Kids and families can click on curated Bing results pages and learn about each location where Santa is scheduled to make his stops. It will be available for kids to enjoy on desktops, mobile phones, tablets, and any other device. Windows Phone users can even use Cortana to track him as well for the first time.
Where’s Santa Now?
By utilizing Cortana in the NORAD Tracks Santa project, Bing and Cortana are teaming up to give users exact locations of Santa Claus on December 24th. Cortana will be updated every few minutes, and give Windows Phone users updates as often as possible. Users in ht US, UK, France, Italy, Germany, and Spain can enjoy this integration.
The NORAD Track Santa program is a joint effort between NORAD and Microsoft, and is showing off the power of fun during the holidays. It went from a simple text based tracking system to a now fully functional multimedia experience. Now, with Bing, users can see 3D maps, and see if Santa Claus is going to visit them soon.
This is a fun project from Microsoft and Bing. It makes the holidays fun for all to enjoy.