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Another Update to Encarta

Boot Camp feature for Wednesday, July 7, 2004

Another update to Encarta. Bloomberg Boot Camp, a report on today's technology. To many kids in school…it's the only encyclopedia they've ever used. Microsoft is out with its annual update to the Encarta Reference Suite. Editorial director Gary Alt among the new features…

"This year, we've added a kids collection to Encarta. Five hundred articles prepared specifically for elementary school students with appropriate media and fun games. When we've gone into schools and watched elementary students using Encarta, they go to the multimedia. They are engaged by that, but when they start reading the text of Encarta, it's a little tough for those kids still in elementary school. So recognizing that, we've now created a special place in Encarta where we have content just for that audience.

Also new this year…is online math help for students. Unlike many other software products where updates may or may not be worthwhile…buying the annual new release of Encarta is necessary to keep the content current…with online weekly updates…

"When you buy Encarta, the Encarta 2005 Reference Suite, you get the weekly updates all the way through October 31st of 2005. If you buy it when it comes on the market, you actually get 16 months of free updates.

The Encarta Reference Library sells for about 50 dollars….after a 20 dollar rebate. Bloomberg Boot Camp, I'm Fred Fishkin.