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Before I was online, Encarta provided me with hours of educational info-surfing. It was the first non-game I ever remember using on a computer (with the possible exception of Wordperfect). For nearly a decade I relied on Encarta as my encyclopedia of choice.
Along with the rest of world, I abandoned Encarta in favor of Wikipedia sometime in the early 2000s. The increasingly ubiquitous nature of the Internet combined with Wikipedia’s ability to stay current helped it kill off Encarta by 2009.
Image via my flickr.
The second these apps gain traction Wikipedia becomes a snapshot of itself—Encarta minus the multimedia.
If you’ve been looking for something like this you should check out either Wikipedia Offline (available Mac for $14.99 for a limited time or iOS devices for $9.99) or All of Wikipedia – Offline (available for iOS devices only for $8.99).
Were you an Encarta user back in the day? If so, what for (I have memories of cranking out country reports with it)? Do you think there’s still a market for offline encyclopedias? Should Microsoft resurrect its trusty reference software? Sound off in the comments below.