For a Jolly Good Time, Chat With Santa on Windows Live Messenger

REDMOND, Wash. — Dec. 13, 2006 — Ho, ho, ho! This year there is another way for kids to share Christmas wish lists with Santa Claus. Using Windows Live™ Messenger, parents can spend time with their kids chatting in real time with Santa online. Customers can simply add Santa’s address, Northpole@live.com, to their Windows Live Messenger contact list and instantly open a conversation window to communicate with Saint Nick. Kids will enjoy immediate responses from the jolly big man himself through an interactive online chat, and they can even visit Santa’s page on Windows Live Spaces at http://santaonspaces.spaces.live.com. Filling Santa in on Christmas wishes and asking all about how the reindeer are doing or what’s new at the North Pole are a few of the things kids can talk to Santa about. Santa can even tell kids where they stand on his list: naughty or nice.

Starting Christmas Eve morning, kids can check in with Santa through Windows Live Messenger to follow his journey around the world. As Santa circles the globe delivering gifts, kids who ask him where he is or when he will arrive at their house will be directed to the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) Santa-tracking site through a link in the conversation window. More information on chatting with Santa through Windows Live Messenger can be found at http://santaonmessenger.com.

About Windows Live Messenger

Windows Live Messenger is a free instant messaging service that allows people to connect with others in real time and express themselves in a rich, convenient and fun way. Windows Live Messenger, the next version of MSN® Messenger, is available in 60 countries worldwide and is used by more than 255 million active accounts each month, making it the world’s largest consumer IM service. The only IM service to offer full-screen video and the first to offer virtually unlimited file sharing, Windows Live Messenger provides customers with a window into their contacts — enabling them to chat with friends, family and colleagues online via text, voice, mobile phone or video conversation; express themselves with winks and dynamic display pictures; and share photos, files, searches and more instantly. Windows Live Messenger features tight integration with other Windows Live and MSN communication services including Windows Live Mail, MSN Hotmail® and Windows Live Spaces to give customers a more flexible way to connect to the people and information that matter most to them. Windows Live Messenger is available at http://messenger.live.com.

About Microsoft

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