Daily Update, Dec. 19th – Better Watch Out, Better Not Cry… Microsoft Works with NORAD to Track Santa on Christmas Eve

Two stories out of Microsoft today:

Looks like Microsoft made the nice list this year. The company is working with North American Aerospace Defense (NORAD) to help power the annual Santa Tracker using NORAD’s powerful global radars and Microsoft technology, including Bing Maps, Windows Azure, and apps for Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. Once upon a time children would have to take their parents’ word that Santa Claus was on his way (but will only stop at their house if they go to sleep already). Now, using a website, a mobile app, or by placing a phone call to NORAD, children can determine Santa Claus’s approximate global position.

Also, the information technology forecast for the next two years calls for increasing cloudiness – cloud computing job opportunities, that is. One in four IT positions worldwide is currently unfilled, and 28 percent of those are cloud-related, according to research [1] released today by the International Data Corporation (IDC). The research also shows that an estimated 1.7 million cloud-related IT jobs are open worldwide right now, and there will be as many as 7 million cloud computing jobs available by 2015. Read more about it over on the Microsoft News Center.

Posted by Jeff Meisner
Editor, The Official Microsoft Blog

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