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Encarta Reference Suite 2000

Boot Camp feature for Thursday, September 16, 1999

A CD ROM reference suite that should be part of every family's software collection. I'm Fred Fishkin with Bootcamp, a report on computers and technology. It has become the leading encyclopedia brand in the world. Encarta from Microsoft. The latest version is the seventh and it is part of the Encarta Reference Suite 2000....

"It's our third version of the reference suite which integrates four great reference titles...the Encarta Encyclopedia Deluxe, the Encarta Interactive World Atlas, the new Encarta World English Dictionary, which is the first newly written English language dictionary in the U.S. in the past thirty years, and Encarta Online Deluxe which is our online site."

Product manager Mark Young. The amazing thing, when you compare a reference suite like this to print versions, is not just the content. It's the price. Under 65 dollars after a rebate. And it can do things that are impossible in print... (sound) Sound, video, animations. But if you think the content in comparison is shallow...think again. Encarta editor in chief Gary Alt...

"The CD encyclopedias actually have more depth now than the print encyclopedias. A product like Encarta has grown from its print antecedents of under eight million words to now more than forty million words. So that's a tremendous increase in depth. "

You can find more information and a free concise encyclopedia online at encarta.com.