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3.0 out of 5 stars Oxford! What more can I say?, 25 Oct 2012
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This review is from: Concise Oxford English Dictionary: CD-ROM edition, Windows/Mac Individual User Version 1.0 (CD-ROM)
I bought this dictionary so that I could have a handy reference on my Windows 7 64-bit computer. What a disappointment. The dictionary itself is not too bad if all you are seeking is the most common words and slang; but for me it appears to have a rather limited vocabulary. Many words I try to look up are not included, and these are simply ordinary, not specialist, English words. To make matters worse, the search results have been pared to the bone: no synonyms or antonyms; no examples of usage; and only the scantiest information about etymology.

Then there is the software itself. This looks as if it was written when Windows was just a futuristic dream. It is basic in the extreme, and operates with difficulty on a modern PC. It frequently freezes when opening; throws up a meaningless Error Code every time it is started, for which there is no support offered; and fails to automatically highlight the search box when you wish to look up a new word.

All in all I feel that it is a poor effort, especially when one considers the high opinion which Oxford University Press has of itself. It is not a patch on the old Encarta which was originally a stand-alone programme, then was included with Microsoft Student; and now, sadly, is no more.
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Initial post: 9 Jun 2014 17:08:12 BDT
Helper says:
These comments on the CD-ROM are not relevant to the paper version of this excellent publication.
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