It has proven to be a very useful study guide for students, individuals and businesses. Microsoft Encarta Premium builds on the framework of its award-winning encyclopedia and adds a variety of research and learning tools to deliver a complete reference package for learners at all levels. Encarta Premium comes with an easy to use interface that will make you want to use it more, allowing learners and families to explore a world of knowledge.
It comes loaded with over videos, over 25, photos and illustrations, over sound and music clips, and over 60, articles to browse from. How to Download and Install Microsoft Encarta The last version of Encarta was released in After, Microsoft announced it was discontinuing both the Encarta disc and online versions.
However, you can still download it from other web portals but not from Microsoft. To download it, follow the steps below. Step 1: Go to Microsoft Encarta download page Step 2: Locate the downloaded file Step 3: The download manager window will open and display some quick specs.
Step 4: A window will open with the progress bar. Microsoft Encarta is educational and entertaining as well. You will be able to get a wide of range content and videos all from one place. And if you love exploring the world maps and geographical features, Encarta has a way of customizing them for you so you can get exactly what you are looking for. So why not dive in and get started?
Feel free to comment and share about your experiences! After you press Open, it will send you to another web page. Fortunately, Microsoft has another application, which can be downloaded for free. Encarta, until its demise, had the following features: Encarta Atlas Microsoft Encarta Premium comes with an interactive atlas that has over 1.
You can use Encarta to explore the world atlas to find maps of many places. There is a map legend that explains all the colors and map symbols while the map customizer customizes your view of the map by selecting the geographical features of the map you want to view. You will also find a statistical map in the list of map styles. Encarta Dictionary Encarta Dictionary is also available in version You can double-click a word to quickly find its definition and additional dictionary tools include verb conjugations, synonyms, translations, and antonyms.
You can also use Encarta to translate a word or phrase into another language. Encarta Kids This is a separate interface for kids that features filtered content.
Encarta Kids help young students with homework and allows them to learn in a fun and engaging way. It offers articles, interactive games and multimedia specifically designed for kids aged seven and up. With it, kids have access to over 25, websites pre-selected by Encarta professionals for relevant and age-appropriate research material.
As of [update] , the complete English version, Encarta Premium, consisted of more than 62, articles,  numerous photos and illustrations, music clips, videos, interactivities, timelines, maps and atlas, and homework tools, and was available on the Internet by yearly subscription or by purchase on DVD-ROM or multiple CD-ROMs. Many articles could also be viewed online free of charge, a service supported by advertisements.
Localized versions may contain contents licensed from available national sources and may contain more or less content than the full English version. For example, the Dutch version has content from the Dutch Winkler Prins encyclopedia. In March , Microsoft announced it was discontinuing the Encarta disc and online versions. Japan's Encarta site was closed on December 31, Previously having been referred to by the codename "Gandalf,"     the name Encarta was created for Microsoft by an advertising agency.
None of these formerly successful encyclopedias remained in print for long after being merged into Encarta. Microsoft introduced several regional versions of Encarta translated into languages other than English. For example, the Brazilian Portuguese version was introduced in and suspended in However, the images might be useful. The premium editions contain over 62, articles and other multimedia content, such as 25, pictures and illustrations, over videos and animations, and an interactive atlas with 1.
Its articles are integrated with multimedia content and may have a collection of links to websites selected by its editors. Encarta's articles in general are less lengthy and more summarized than the printed version of Encyclopaedia Britannica or the online Wikipedia. Like most multimedia encyclopedias, Encarta's articles tend to provide an overview of the subject rather than an exhaustive coverage and can only be viewed one at a time.
A sidebar may display alternative views, essays , journals or original materials relevant to the topic. For example, when reading about computers , it features annals since of the computer industry. Encarta also supports closed captioning for the hearing impaired. A separate program, called Encarta Research Organizer was included in early versions for gathering and organizing information and constructing a Word document-based report. Later versions included Encarta Researcher which was a browser plugin to organize information from Encarta articles and web pages into research projects.
Content copied from Encarta is appended with a copyright boilerplate message after the selection. The user interface allows viewing content with only images, videos, sounds, animations, degree views, virtual tours, charts and tables or only interactivities. Encarta and later have Map Treks which are tours of geographic features and concepts.
Microsoft had a separate product known as Encarta Africana which was an encyclopedia of black history and culture. It was integrated into the standard Encarta Reference suite starting with the version. Version also introduced the ability to install the entire encyclopedia locally to the hard disk drive to prevent frequent swapping of discs.
Encarta incorporated literature guides and book summaries, foreign language translation dictionaries, a Homework Center and Chart Maker. Encarta's Visual Browser, available since the version, presents a user with a list of related topics making them more discoverable. A collection of 32 Discovery Channel videos have also since been added. Encarta introduced another program called Encarta Kids aimed at children to make learning fun. There is also a Geography Quiz and several other games and quizzes, some quizzes also in Encarta Kids.
For years, Encarta came in three primary software editions: Basic, Premium, and Reference Library price and features in that order. Beginning with Encarta , however, when Websters Multimedia took over its maintenance, Encarta became a feature of Microsoft Student as the premier Microsoft educational software program. Although it is possible to purchase only the Encarta encyclopedia separately, Microsoft Student bundles together Encarta Premium with Microsoft Math a graphing calculator program and Learning Essentials, which provides templates for Microsoft Office.
In addition, the Reference Library was discontinued, absorbed into a newer, more comprehensive Premium package. Encarta's user interface is shared with Microsoft Student, and has been streamlined to reduce clutter with only a Search box which returns relevant results; however it is no longer possible to simply browse all the encyclopedia articles alphabetically. World Atlas The dynamic maps are generated with the same engine that powered Microsoft MapPoint software.
The map is a virtual globe that one can freely rotate and magnify to any location down to major streets for big cities. The globe has multiple surfaces displaying political boundaries, physical landmarks, historical maps and statistical information. One can selectively display statistical values on the globe surface or in a tabular form, different sized cities, various geological or man-made features and reference lines in a map. The maps contain hyperlinks to related articles "Map Trek" and also supports a "Dynamic Sensor" that provides the latitude , longitude , place name , population and local time for any point on the globe.
Encarta also generates a visible-light moon atlas with names of major craters and hyperlinks. However, it does not include a planetarium , but instead has a small interactive constellation -only map. In addition to database generated maps, many other illustrative maps in Encarta "Historical Maps" are drawn by artists.
Some more advanced maps are interactive: However, this was redundant. Bookshelf was discontinued in , and in later Encarta editions Encarta Suite and onwards , Bookshelf was replaced with a dedicated Encarta Dictionary, a superset of the printed edition.
There was some controversy over the decision, since the dictionary lacks the other books provided in Bookshelf which many found to be a useful reference, such as Columbia Dictionary of Quotations replaced with a quotations section in Encarta that links to relevant articles and people and an Internet Directory although now a moot point since many of the sites listed in offline directories aren't around anymore. Before the emergence of the world wide web for information browsing, Microsoft recognized the importance of having an engine that supported a multimedia markup language , full text search, and extensibility using software objects.
The hypertext display, hyperlinking and search software was created by a team of CD-ROM Division developers in the late s who designed it as a generalized engine for uses as diverse as interactive help , document management systems and as ambitious as a multimedia encyclopedia.
Encarta was able to use various Microsoft technologies because it was extensible with software components for displaying unique types of multimedia information.
For example, a snap in map engine is adapted from its MapPoint software. More information on the hypertext and search engine used by Encarta may be found in the Microsoft Bookshelf article.
Encarta 98 was the last version to be released for the Macintosh. However, people who use other operating systems may still access Encarta's website through an Internet connection. Encarta uses database technologies to generate much of its multimedia content. For example, Encarta generates each zoomable map from a global geographic information system database on demand. When a user uses the copy and paste function of Microsoft Windows on Encarta on more than five words, Encarta automatically appends a copyright boilerplate message after the paste.
User editing Early in , the online Encarta started to allow users to suggest changes to existing articles. Instead, user feedback was submitted to Encarta's editors for review, copyediting, and approval.
It used short sentences from the Encarta website, and sometimes displays full articles in the Internet Explorer -based browser on the right. It also could complete simple mathematical and advanced algebra problems.
This service was also available in German,  Spanish,  French  and Japanese. However, despite the inclusion of news-related and some supplementary articles, Encarta's contents had not been changed substantially in its later years.
Besides the yearly update, the installed offline copy could be updated over the Internet for a certain period for free depending on the edition. Some articles usually about were updated to reflect important changes or events.
When the update period expired, an advertisement prompting to upgrade to the new version was displayed to the user occasionally.