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Santa switches online mapping service

(CNN) - Santa's got a new partner when it comes to tracking his Christmas Eve journey around the world.

This year, he's going with Microsoft's "Bing" mapping service to help Rudolph guide the reindeer across the skies.

The NORAD Santa Tracker team and Microsoft made the announcement on their Twitter feeds.

You may know NORAD, the joint U.S.-Canadian military operation that monitors North American skies, helps kids follow Santa's flight every year.

Since 2007, NORAD had used Google Earth.

But this year, the Guardian reports the tracker is going with Bing Maps, as Google is offering its own competing Santa Tracker.

You can follow Santa at NORADsanta.org or google.com/santatracker.

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