Microsoft Encarta Premium 2007 is fun for exploring the arts, history, science, and geography through articles, images, and videos, especially for elementary school learners.
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.
The addition of Discovery Channel videos and interface tweaks make Encarta 2004 an essential tool for both parents and children.
The software maker decides to shelve its online encyclopedia, no doubt due to the growth of alternatives such as Wikipedia.
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.
Encyclopedia Britannica 2005 offers a lot of good information, but Microsoft's Encarta offers deeper data, more features, and a more colorful interface for the same price.
Microsoft on Monday released Personal Collection 2002, an enhancement pack for Microsoft Office 97, 2000 and XP. The $55 collection includes 2002 versions of four programs typically sold separately: Personal Portfolio, Encarta Encyclopedia, Money and Picture It Photo. Portfolio offers 600 templates for use with Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook or PowerPoint. Encarta and Money are basic, or standard, versions that lack some of the more robust features of their "deluxe" counterparts. Still, the standard versions of Encarta and Money combined sell for about the same price as the whole package, making Personal Collection a potential value for consumers looking for at least three of the programs.
Microsoft released on Tuesday its Works Suite 2002, which packages six consumer-oriented applications. The collection of Microsoft-created software is made up of Word 2002, Encarta Encyclopedia Standard 2002, Money 2002 Standard, Picture It! Photo 2002, Streets & Trips 2002 and Works 6.0, which includes a spreadsheet, database, calendar and address book. Works Suite 2002 costs $109 and offers a coupon for three months of free Internet service from MSN.
Compaq Computer has begun selling a Spanish-language Presario 5000T desktop computer in the United States. The $749 machines includes an Intel Celeron 800MHz processor, 64MB of SDRAM, 20GB hard drive, 48X CD ROM and several features for Spanish speakers. These include a toll-free number with automated menus in Spanish; bilingual sales representatives and customer service representatives; specific links in Spanish on Compaq's Web site; a Spanish version of Microsoft Windows Me and the Microsoft Home Suite, which has software such as MS Works 2000, the Encarta encyclopedia and MS Money 2000. In addition, the keyboard features Spanish characters.
Compaq Computer said Friday it is stepping up efforts to market its computers to Spanish speakers in the United States. The company said it will offer a version of its Presario 5000T series that features Spanish-language software, documentation and tech support. The computer will come with the Spanish version of Microsoft Windows Me, as well as Spanish versions of Microsoft Works, Encarta and MS Money. "After months of planning, we're very excited to announce this Spanish language initiative and have great expectations for how our Spanish-speaking home and office customers will respond to it," said Mark Vena, a director in Compaq's configure-to-order products unit.