Microsoft Once Again Created NORAD's Annual Santa Tracker Website
Article by George Norman
On 02 Dec 2014
Back in December 2013, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer (IE) team announced that it partnered with NORAD (North American Aerospace Defense Command) to create an immersive Santa Tracker website.

It is December 2014 and Microsoft’s IE team announced that it once again partnered with NORAD to create an immersive Santa Tracker website. The new site features improved performance, new games, and a browsing experience that has been optimized for mobile devices.


NORAD Has Been Tracking Santa for 59 Years

NORAD initiated a Christmas-themed entertainment program called NORAD Tracks Santa back in 1955. Every year, as part of the aforementioned NORAD Tracks Santa program, NORAD tracks Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world. This means that NORAD has been tracking Santa for 59 years now.

NORAD Partnered with Microsoft’s IE Team in 2013

Back in 2013, NORAD decided to enter a partnership with Microsoft and its Internet Explorer (IE) team. As part of this partnership, Microsoft’s IE Team came up with a revamped, immersive, and highly entertaining Santa Tracker website – a website that let you watch Santa’s journey around the globe, featured a virtual recreation of Santa’s village, provided 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, back in 2013. “We’re hearing so many fun comments from people who are checking out the new website and apps and love what they see.”

In 2014, NORAD Once Again Partnered with Microsoft’s IE Team

For the 2014 holiday season, NORAD decided to once again partner with Microsoft and its IE team. Just like in 2013, the Santa Tracker website lets you play games, listen to music, watch videos, access a virtual recreation of Santa’s village, and track Santa with Bing Maps.

What’s new is that the website features a new set of games, improved performance, and an optimized mobile performance (the website works on tablet or smartphones; Windows Phone users can ask Cortana “where is Santa now?” and Cortana will get info straight from NORAD’s advanced systems).

“We’re thrilled to have the chance to work with NORAD again to help make the holidays come to life! We hope you and your loved ones have a chance to join us in visiting the NORAD Tracks Santa experience,” commented Steve Lake, Product Marketing Manager, Internet Explorer.

NORAD’s Santa Tracker website built by Microsoft is a Rethink IE project.

Microsoft recommends you use Internet Explorer 11 to access NORAD’s Santa Tracker website. But please note that the website works with any other modern browser.

In related news, the countdown started on Google's Santa Tracker website.

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