Microsoft To Fold Encarta
Encarta 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 encyclopedia 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.