Microsoft Student 2006 review: Microsoft Student 2006

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CNET Editors' Rating

3 stars Good
  • Overall: 6.7
  • Setup and interface: 7.0
  • Features: 6.0
  • Service and support: 7.0
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The Good Comes with Microsoft Encarta Premium; great interface hooks for accessing local and online educational content; adds student-oriented tools to Office programs.

The Bad Expensive if you don't already own Microsoft Office.

The Bottom Line Student 2006 is an excellent homework helper for late-elementary, middle, and high-school kids. If you already use Microsoft Office, it's a good buy. If you don't, it's too expensive.

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Microsoft Student 2006

Microsoft Student 2006 is a grade-A homework helper for students ages 8 to 18. This $99 DVD features dozens of study tools for just about every subject, including math, science, writing, and foreign languages. However Student's $99 price tag is very misleading; the product requires Microsoft Office XP or 2003, full-blown productivity suites that add at least $150 to your total cost unless, of course, you already own the suite. (For example, Office 2003 Student and Teacher Edition currently sells for $100 to $139.) It's a shame that Student isn't designed for the less expensive Microsoft Works 8.0 , an outstanding, if underrated, integrated program that's far more affordable. But if you don't mind paying, what Student does, it does very well.

Student 2006 consists of several modules, including a full copy of the excellent Microsoft Encarta Premium encyclopedia and limited-time access to Encarta online, which in turn requires a Microsoft Passport subscription--be sure to read the Microsoft privacy notice first. Online access to Encarta includes online access to most textbooks used in U.S. classrooms today. You can access Encarta's thousands of articles, photos, and audio and video clips in several ways, including the Encarta Kids interface (for the younger crowd) or via the Encarta Web Companion, a pop-up window that displays Encarta matches whenever you conduct a query in an online search engine such as Google. Kids and parents alike will appreciate Student's seamless integration of local and Web content. Wherever you are in Windows, a Student search window is always at your fingertips.

The Encarta Web Companion (far right) displays Encarta search results whenever you query a major search engine such as Google.

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Microsoft Student 2006

Part Number: FB1-00001 Released: Jul 1, 2005
MSRP: $49.95 Low Price: $5.48 See all prices

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  • Release date Jul 1, 2005
  • Category education application
  • Compatibility PC