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Encarta

Microsoft's digital encyclopedia. Launched in 1993 on CD-ROM, Encarta was initially based on the Funk & Wagnalls Encyclopedia and later augmented with the inclusion of Collier's and New Merit Scholar's Encyclopedias. With approximately 60,000 articles, compared to Wikipedia's nearly three million, Encarta was discontinued in 2009.
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This reminds me of when Microsoft's Encarta encyclopedia had different versions of who invented the telephone--Alexander Graham Bell for most of the world and an Italian for Italy.
Freeman has written for Encarta encyclopedia, NIH, ABCNews.com, and the National Park Service.
It announced in March the discontinuation of both versions of its Encarta encyclopedia. It plans to stop selling the software version by June, and take down the web version in October.
Using the Encarta Encyclopedia (http://search.msn.com/encarta/results .aspx?FORM=MSNH&tq=) as its source, MSN provides answers to simple encyclopedia-type questions.
The search engine also features direct answers from Microsoft's popular Encarta encyclopedia.
Ian Chilvers, "Mathis Grunewald," The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990, 1996), 3, and "Matthias," Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 2001, 1.
On the software side, you get the Microsoft Works Suite, which includes Word 2002 and the Encarta encyclopedia. You also get a trial version of Norton Anti-Virus and a few other Gateway utilities, but that's about it.
The Encarta Encyclopedia 2001 features comprehensive articles, Web links, videos, animations, pictures and audio clips that help bring information to life.
I cannot fathom why anyone would waste time with such a database when far more current and comprehensive country profiles are freely available from such sources as the CIA World Factbook 2000 Information Please World Almanac, Britannica, the Concise Encarta Encyclopedia, or the 2000 edition of the Columbia Encyclopedia.
encarta.msn.com is basically the online Encarta Encyclopedia. It is very useful when all you can find is advertisements for products that you really want history on.
Microsoft's Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe 2000 CD-ROM, which has been on sale since last October, triggered off public protest by a group of women' s rights activists and Thai Internet users.
A range of pre-loaded software is also featured including AT&T, Compuserve and AOL ISP software; Quicken Basic 99 and Microsoft Money 99; Microsoft Encarta Encyclopedia 99, Microsoft Works, Efax.com, Rand McNally Route Planner and Outlook Express.