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Microsoft Encarta Premium 2007

Microsoft Encarta Premium 2007 is fun for exploring the arts, history, science, and geography through articles, images, and videos, especially for elementary school learners.

Sep. 11, 2006

3.5 stars Editors' rating Sep. 11, 2006

Microsoft closing the book on Encarta

The software maker decides to shelve its online encyclopedia, no doubt due to the growth of alternatives such as Wikipedia.

By Mar. 30, 2009


Microsoft Encarta 2006

Encarta is an addictive multimedia treat, once you figure out how to use it and fend off the long arm of Microsoft's marketing team.

Aug. 19, 2005

3 stars Editors' rating Aug. 19, 2005

Microsoft Encarta Reference Library Premium 2005 - complete package

Although a relatively minor update, Encarta 2005 makes it easier and more enjoyable for kids to get at all of the information in this excellent reference library.

Aug. 18, 2004

4 stars Editors' rating Aug. 18, 2004

Microsoft Encarta Reference Library

The addition of Discovery Channel videos and interface tweaks make Encarta 2004 an essential tool for both parents and children.

Jul. 29, 2003

4.5 stars Editors' rating Jul. 29, 2003

Juror's imprudent iPhone search causes mistrial

Juror hears that defendant in manslaughter case acted prudently. Needing to be sure what "prudent" meant, he checks on is phone and a mistrial is declared.

By Sep. 16, 2010


Wales giving up on Wikia Search

Having determined that it can't cut it in search, the user-generated reference company of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales kills its experimental engine.

By Mar. 31, 2009


Microsoft Student 2007

Microsoft Student 2007 is a friendly, thorough homework resource for middle and high schoolers learning math, foreign languages, literature, and more, but you'll need to buy Office to fully use it, and you'll pay dearly for tech support.

Jul. 20, 2006

3 stars Editors' rating Jul. 20, 2006

Microsoft Student 2006

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.

Aug. 10, 2005

3 stars Editors' rating Aug. 10, 2005

Microsoft transfers RoundTable camera to Polycom

Software maker says that it will stop selling the Microsoft Research-developed panoramic video camera and instead license the technology to Polycom.

By Mar. 31, 2009