Internet Explorer Team Brings Magic to NORAD's Santa Tracker Website
Article by George Norman
On 04 Dec 2013
With the holiday season just around the corner, Microsoft found an interesting way to promote its Internet Explorer (IE) web browser.

Internet Explorer partnered with NORAD and created an immersive Santa Tracker website. It lets you track Santa around the world, lets you visit Santa’s village, lets you play fun games, listen to holiday music, and more.

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Every year, as part of the NORAD Tracks Santa program, NORAD tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world. NORAD has been doing this since 1955 – this Christmas-themed entertainment program has been running for more than 50 years.

This year, NORAD decided to partner with Microsoft’s Internet Explorer Team and as part of the partnership the IE Team came up with a revamped, immersive, and highly entertaining Santa Tracker website. The site lets you watch Santa’s journey around the globe, features a virtual recreation of Santa’s village, provides access to fun games, and more.

“The Internet Explorer team and everyone at Microsoft have taken the spirit of the holidays that’s central to what we do with NORAD Tracks Santa and helped bring it to today’s modern web and devices,” said Stacey Knott, NORAD Tracks Santa Program Manager. “We’re hearing so many fun comments from people who are checking out the new website and apps and love what they see.”

Microsoft explained that the Santa Tracker website works best with its Internet Explore 11 browser.
Microsoft also explained that the website has been optimized for touch devices. So if you have a touch device with IE11, you’re going to have a great experience.

And speaking about touch devices, you need to know about this holiday deal: purchase a new touch PC or tablet powered by Windows 8 or Windows 8.1 and you get a promotional $25 Windows Store gift card. You get the card if you purchase the device from a participating US retailer. You can use the card to buy apps and games from the Windows Store. The offer is available until the 28th of December.

Getting back to Microsoft's IE11 web browser, this November the Windows 7 version was rolled out to the public. Following the release of IE11 for Windows 7, the browser's share of desktop browser traffic increased by almost two percentage points, from 1.49% in October to 3.27% in November, according to Web tracker Net Applications.




Tags: Microsoft, Internet Explorer, IE11, NORAD, Santa Tracker, NORAD Tracks Santa
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