No more Google Maps instead Bing Maps would track Santa this festive season: NORAD

Google seems to be ditched by NORAD this Christmas. The military firm will no longer continue Google Maps instead will get along with Bing for its NORA Tracks Santa site. This is a famous site for enthusiasts who are waiting to be in the melody of “jingle bells” on Christmas Eve, but this festival, Saint Nick’s spots will be displayed on Bing Maps & not on Google. This website is owned by North American Aerospace Defense Command which now sports “Our Team” web page that sports corporate sponsors. The software giant – Microsoft in addition to Bing Maps & Windows Azure are the major supporters to the business.

NORAD did run and was backed by Google Maps and Google Earth since 2007 but not to declare the search engine behemoth or may be feature can be searched anywhere on the website this year. Users of the site who wishes to experience 3D view via Google earth, NORAD here has teamed up with Cesium.

Google Maps

NORAD was a little blurry about this disconnection with the search giant, uttering Search Engine Land that “NTS and Google mutually agreed to go in new directions.” So the split was acceptable. Last Christmas & also in the earlier years, NORAD’s website enabled users to track Saint Nick via their mobile devices where they were searching “santa” within Google Maps. Undoubtedly, now this is not the option offered. Next move by NORAD is that it has developed mobile apps for iOS, Windows Phone, Android and Windows 8 too. On the grounds of apps at least Google and Apple are not side-tracked.


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