Microsoft Encarta to be discontinued
Microsoft Corporation is shutting down its Encarta encyclopedia websites and also cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009.
"Encarta has been a popular product around the world for many years," Microsoft said. "However, the category of traditional encyclopedias and reference material has changed. People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past. As part of Microsoft's goal to deliver the most effective and engaging resources for today's consumer, it has made the decision to exit the Encarta business."
The Encarta Web sites worldwide will be discontinued on October 31, 2009 with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be shut down on December 31, 2009. People who have paid for a subscription to MSN Encarta Premium, which offers them access to more information, will get a refund for fees paid beyond April 30, although they will continue to be able to access the site until it shuts down in October.