I just bought the encarta from amazon a few days ago, i usually buy the encarta every 3 years, i have tried most encyclopedias and have the britannica, but i do prefer the encarta because of its good updates, which once you register you get updates right away, which is cleverly integrated into the articles themselves.
many of the articles are not as big as britannica but they are well updated and informative, as i have the uk edition it has many articles with british content and interests which you dont get with britannica.
There has been a few things added since my last one, 2002 more photos and illustrations 25,600+ and has its own chart maker which is good, and bilingual dictionaries and thesaurus, and a childrens encyclopedia, which even for adults is good fun because of the many educational games and quizzes that are on it,
the kids will love it, something that is lacking in britannica, i really cant fault the encarta on anything well put together with over 67,000 articles great and simple search engine which is the best one i have used just tap the subject or name of a person or subject and it will find it instantly.
I will sum up now, encarta premium suite dvd is the most interesting and entertaining encyclopedia, which is what learning should be about, with loads of extras virtual flights 2D and 3D tours where you can walk about as you would do in a game.
ENCARTA IS THE BEST ENCYCLOPEDIA ON THE MARKET!