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. All customers with subscriptions to online content will be reimbursed.
Why Microsoft Give Up MSN Encarta ?
Obviously, Microsoft Encarta 2009 will be the last version and remains in the history of MSN Encarta. According to MSN Encarta FAQ, Microsoft said that “people today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past. 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.
Who’s Better ? 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 ( prime minister of malaysia ) in both MSN Encarta and Wikipedia to see who’s delivering more update information. Look at the below images and guess who’s the winner.
Final Results From Microsoft Encarta and Wikipedia
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. Therefore, the overall winner is Wikipedia
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