As part of Microsoft’s goal to deliver the most effective and engaging resources for today’s consumer, it has made the decision to exit the Encarta business.” Who Kills Microsoft Encarta ?In my opinion, the major reason why Microsoft decided to discontinue MSN Encarta is because of Wikipedia – The free encyclopedia.Wikipedia is hosted by the wikimedia Foundation, a non-profit organization which started in 2001 and contains around 3 millions articles in various languages.In addition, Wikipedia is written collaboratively by volunteers from anyone all around the world with just internet access. MSN Encarta VS Wikipedia I had done an experiment on MSN Encarta and Wikipedia to see who’s better in terms of quickness in updating information.This experiment is very simple, I will type the same search terms ( MSN Encarta does not update the current Prime Minister of Malaysia – Najib Tun Razak and what we see at the search result page is Abdullah bin Ahmad Badawi ( former Prime Minister of Malaysia ).However, Wikipedia did a pretty nice job by updating the incumbent prime minister is Najib Tun Razak, who succeeded Abdulah Ahmad Badawi on 3 April 2009.The icons that you make use of in the top left are meager but help to prevent useless icons being strewn across the interface.You have a back, forward and a home button up there.
It adds all of the text you want and informs you what the source of the writing is.
Important notice from MSN Encarta – Online Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Atlas, and Homework: On October 31, 2009, MSN Encarta websites worldwide will be discontinued except of Encarta Japan which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009.
On the other hand, Microsoft will stop to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009.
The last few versions of Encarta have shown smaller and smaller amounts of new features and once again this is the case with Encarta 2007installation of Encarta Premium 2007 took around about 15 minutes to get up and running on our machine.
You have to have at least a Windows XP service pack 2 machine with 1.2 GB's of hard drive space freed up and 512MB or memory to get the most out of the program.