Microsoft Encarta Takes Learning to a New Level of Discovery

In the spirit of continued commitment to the quest for knowledge, Microsoft Corp. today unveils Encarta® Reference Library 2004. With exciting new alliances, compelling features and enhanced tools, the newest version of Encarta provides consumers with comprehensive, up-to-date and trustworthy educational content.

Encarta Reference Library 2004, available in DVD and CD versions, includes the following new and updated features:

  • New! Discovery Channel video content. Discovery Channel provides Encarta Reference Library 2004 users with up to 109 minutes of high-quality, educational video vignettes about subjects such as "Life on Mars," "Sharks," "Fungus Farmers" and "Glaciers."

  • New! Visual Browser. Encarta Reference Library 2004 debuts the Visual Browser, an innovative tool that helps kids and parents explore the vast amount of Encarta information. Drawing relationships among articles, audio and video clips, interactive presentations, and more, the Visual Browser rotates content icons in carousel fashion around the screen. A click here and another there takes users to uncharted worlds of connected content.

  • Updated! Homework Center. The Homework Center returns for a second year with smart enhancements to guide students through research and creative projects from start to finish. Features include expanded Literature Guides to help students better understand classic and contemporary literary works; Homework Starters for guidance on how to approach a paper or report; Chart Maker for easy transformation of data into colorful charts and graphs; and Curriculum Guides for finding grade-appropriate subject content -- ideal for home-schooling or finding assignments catered to student aptitude level.

  • Ever-changing! Update Encarta. Update Encarta provides users with current information to help ensure their work is timely and accurate. With the click of a mouse, consumers can download and seamlessly integrate up-to-date articles, statistics, news, Web links and other information directly into content articles. Informing users as the world changes, Update Encarta offers fresh content at least once a week.

    News source: Microsoft PressPass

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