Microsoft To Fold Encarta

The New York Times theorizes that killed it. The full story, which is worth the five minutes of time it takes to read, is here.

    could not compete, however, against the Web and Google. The Google search engine is an automated, continuously updated, always-expanding guide to information that is completely free. Authority now comes not from a small group of editors and famous contributors but from Google’s algorithms, which analyze links that point to Web pages elsewhere and other clues to make an educated guess about trustworthiness.

I had a copy of Encarta once back in the mid-1990s; it came with a computer.

Frankly, I was not impressed. And now, of course, you can have the basic Britannica for $20.00.

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