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Encarta Premium Suite 2004 CD Edition

by Microsoft Software
Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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  • Articles and Entries 130,000+
  • Photos and Illustrations 24,000+
  • Videos and Animations 260+
  • Sound and Music Clips 3,100+
  • Map Locations 1.8 million
  • PLUS: Dynamic timelines, The Times Archive, virtual tours, and project starters
  • ALSO: Encarta English/Bilingual Dictionaries, Thesaurus, World Atlas, Literature Guides, Book of Quotations and Discovery Channel Videos
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System Requirements

  • Platform:   Windows 2000 / 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1
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  • ASIN: B0000BY7XC
  • Release Date: 5 Sep 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,627 in Software (See Top 100 in Software)

Product Description

Amazon.co.uk Review

As its name suggests, the Encarta 2004 Premium Suite CD Edition is the top-end edition of Microsoft's pace-setting multimedia encyclopaedia. It includes over 130,000 articles, 24,000 photos and illustrations, more than 3,000 sound and music clips, 1.8 million map locations and more than 260 videos and animations.

You'll start at Encarta's homepage where searching for a specific word or phrase brings up a list of suggestions in the left hand column. Click on one of these and the item itself appears in the main window. For example, searching for Vancouver Island returns a selection of articles on the subject itself, related articles on temperate rainforests, deforestation, lumberjacks and Sir Francis Drake, as well as a key event list for Captain Cook (who visited the island in 1778). Cross-referencing is particularly strong, and as well as web-style links within the text that let you jump to other parts of the encyclopaedia, many articles list associated multimedia elements, such as sound and video clips, as well as links to those websites that have been assessed by Encarta's editors. (Where no Editor's Choices exist, you can easily do a general web search.) Articles can also be browsed in alphabetical order or by country and by clicking the Article Outline you can see the main headings of longer articles and jump straight to the sections that interest you. You can also browse maps, multimedia, statistics and around 18,000 websites in the same way.

Navigation is excellent, thanks to the familiar web browser-style controls for moving back and forth between recently viewed screens or going straight to the program's opening homepage, and there's a useful drop-down 'history' menu so you can jump straight back to any of the last 29 pages you've visited. You can also build a list of 'favourites' which is useful if you're researching a subject over a longer period of time. Encarta makes it easy to copy both text and pictures into a word package, such as Microsoft Word and adds the relevant copyright notices automatically.

This edition improves on Encarta Encyclopedia Plus 2004 in a number of significant ways; by adding a world English dictionary and thesaurus, bilingual dictionaries (French, Spanish, German and Italian) thousands of quotations, a huge world atlas, a collection of study aids to help with homework, six 'virtual' aeroplane flights over different continents, and a selection of videos from the Discovery Channel; in all, it has around three times as much content.

With its extensive content and study aids, excellent multimedia and free updates, Encarta 2004 Premium Suite CD Edition sets the standard for multimedia encyclopaedias.

Note: all the features mentioned above are also available for Encarta Encyclopedia 2004 Premium Suite CD version with the exception of the six virtual flights and extra Discovery Channel videos. --Rob Beattie

Manufacturer's Description

Discover the ultimate learning resource. Encarta® Premium Suite 2004 combines its award-winning encyclopedia with a range of research and learning tools that delivers a complete reference resource for school or home use. These include homework tools such as Project Starters, Dictionary, Thesaurus, Literature Guides and Chart Maker, which together create a comprehensive research centre that helps students achieve greater success at school or college.


  • Video content from The Discovery Channel. A collection of 13 high-quality videos.
  • Visual browser. A fresh way to explore relationships between articles and multimedia content. The unique display facilitates easier navigation among articles.
  • New and updated articles. Access to the most current information.
  • Improved Dictionary tools. Encarta takes the dictionary a step further by providing easy access to Encarta Thesaurus, Book of Quotations, plus Bilingual Dictionaries that translate English words into French, Spanish, German or Italian - and back again.

    Other Features and Benefits:

  • Project Starters. Sometimes, half the battle with homework is simply getting started. Project Starters provide students with resources to better understand and plan for assignments.
  • Literature Guides. Students gain a better understanding of literature with articles that help explain themes, characters and settings, as well as providing insight into a number of authors.
  • Chart Maker. Spice up presentations with easy-to-build charts. Users simply choose a chart type, enter data and Encarta draws a chart.
  • Quotations. Easily search Encarta's collection of familiar and contemporary quotations from literature, entertainment and the news.
  • A UK perspective. Encarta is the only multimedia encyclopedia specially adapted for the UK, including extra UK-focused content, English spellings and curriculum guides.

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    14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
    I have bought both Encarta and Britannica for years (EB in printed edition too: 32 volumes, 32.000 pages). This is my opinion in brief: Encarta UK is excellent in all aspects, but Britannica's authoritative text (USA focused and sometimes outdated) makes interesting to buy both.
    TEXT: Britannica is a superb encyclopedia of text (not in visual aid) since 1768 (you know: an article by Einstein and so on...). Since 1901 is published in USA (University of Chicago) and is VERY USA FOCUSED. Unlike Encarta, EB has not a UK edition. Contents in electronic version differs from printed encyclopedia (very large articles have been shortened). Britannica claims that it has more entries that Encarta, but this is a joke: articles like "Mexico" are only one (with a lot of subdivisions) in Encarta, while in Britannica subdivisions are unconnected, and you must "jump" from one subdivision to another, which is slow and very annoying, especially if you want to copy it in "WORD". Very often, the text is not updated. Britannica Ultimate Reference Suite has "3 encyclopedias in one: Elementary, Student and Adult".
    On the other hand, Encarta's UK text (Premium Suite) is not bad at all. Most articles have the name of their contributors and their professions, works...: They are not "John Doe". You can find large fragments of literary works, literature guides, a lot of sidebars and thousands of quotations. "Encarta Africana" is included only in USA version. The Pop-Up (double clicking a word) Dictionary and Thesaurus has sound for correct pronunciation only in USA edition (by the way, it can read aloud, with a robotic and ugly voice, a whole article). The "Translation Dictionaries" to Spanish, French, German and Italian must be improved, because they are minimal.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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    Bigger and better than previous editions. This surpasses its predecessors by far with a greater volume of information. This contains not only an encyclopaedia complete with media, but also a thesaurus, atlas and dictionary, making it the complete reference library.
    The media, comprising of audio clips and video sequences, is of a very high quality, all accompanied by informative captions. There are links to websites for further research. These work, I've tried them!
    So, I highly recommend this software for any school child, student, or simply to replace several heavy encyclopaedia volumes.
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