Microsoft Canada

Microsoft Canada

November 20, 2006 09:00 ET

Microsoft Canada-Media Advisory: Santa and Friends "Tech the Halls" With New Website, Blog at www.asksanta.ca

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 20, 2006) - The North Pole has been buzzing with activity, but the excitement isn't in Santa Claus' work shop. This year, the elves have been busy in the computer lab trying to keep up with today's high tech kids.

"So many children emailed their wish lists to Santa's Hotmail account last year and requested he create his own website and blog. We offered to create a whole online Santa's Village this year at www.asksanta.ca and he loved the idea," said Elfred Elveson, Santa's chief technology officer. "The big guy always gives the children what they want, and more and more they want technology!"

Children visiting www.asksanta.ca can connect to Santa's website where they can email their wish lists, play games or download colouring sheets. Santa has even included a recipe or two for his favourite cookies! Kids can also link to Santa's blog on Windows Live Spaces to get bedtime updates from the man in red.

"Today's technology has given me the tools I need to connect with children all over the world. I no longer need to check my list twice," said Santa Claus as he laughed like a bowlful of jelly. "With so many ways to communicate, I feel closer to all the good little boys and girls than ever before."

Santa said he will respond personally to each email he receives.

About Microsoft Canada Online Services Group (OSG)

The Microsoft Canada Online Services Group (OSG) markets a suite of online services that delivers news, information, entertainment and a variety of communication tools to Canadians, including Windows Live Messenger, Windows Live Spaces, MSN Hotmail and Sympatico.msn.ca. Windows Live is a new set of personal Internet services and software designed to bring together in one place all the relationships, information and interests people care about most, with enhanced safety and security features across their PC, devices and the Web. Sympatico.MSN.ca is Canada's most popular online destination with 18.4 million unique visitors(i) a month. The portal brings together Bell Sympatico's Web content and broadband services with Microsoft's popular Windows Live Mail, Messenger and Search services.

(i) May 2006, Media Metrix Canada

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