This Christmas Santa being tracked by Microsoft and Google

This Christmas Santa being tracked by Microsoft and GoogleThe competition between Microsoft and Google is stretching to the North Pole as the Internet search rivals vie to be top Santa tracker this Christmas.

Google on Wednesday launched a google.com/santatracker website offering reindeer games, elf antics and updates on beloved gift-giver Kris Kringle as children worldwide count down to Christmas eve.

“A team of Google engineers are working hard to track Santa’s sleigh with the most advanced maps and holiday technology available,” self-titled Elf Creative Director Sandy Russell said in a blog post.

Google has crafted software to involve Android-powered devices and its Chrome web browsers on the Claus tracking action.

“Use your phone for on-the-go flight practice with the elves or cozy up near the fireplace with your tablet to follow Santa around the world as he delivers presents Christmas Eve,” Russell said.

“If you have Chromecast, cast from the Santa Tracker Android app to explore the Village or track his route right from your TV.”

Meanwhile, Microsoft teamed with North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) to create a Santa Tracker powered by the organization’s global radar system and technology such as Bing Maps and Windows software.

Colorado-based NORAD is a combined US and Canadian command center that works to “defend North America” by watching the skies and seas for threats.

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