The popular kiddie Santa-tracker offered by NORAD has taken sides in the internet search war, dumping its affiliation with Google in favour of using Bing and Microsoft's maps to track Father Christmas this year.

The change would appear to be motivated in part by good old festive money, with the site now listing Microsoft among its list of corporate contributors. Google Earth has also been dumped when it comes to more specific 3D Santa locating, with open source globe mapping tool Cesium bought in to replace Google's option. [Search Engine Land via Telegraph]