Over 50,000 articles of information were included in the standard edition of Microsoft Encarta.
Originally available for sale on 2 to 4 CD-ROMs or a DVD, it was also later available on the World Wide Web via an annual subscription – although later many articles could also be viewed free online with advertisements.A comprehensive electronic encyclopedia, Microsoft Encarta was first released in 1993.Microsoft Encarta contained a wealth of information on an abundance of topics. The Encyclopedia consists of eight sections: a) paper icon- Find- search for articles. The guide provides information on exploring, searching and browsing, updating the yearbook builder, researching, customizing, and troubleshooting.b) film icon- Look and Listen- create a media show. d) ticket icon- Take a Tour- journey through Encarta. f) spaceship icon- Explore History- travel through time. h) notebook icon- Stay Current- build an Encarta yearbook. Here you can click on a product name and receive more information about the merchandise. The audience for the Microsoft Encarta 96 Encyclopedia is not specifically stated anywhere in the accompanying materials.
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Come June 2009, the Redmond company will also stop selling Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium boxed versions of the software.