Adios, Encarta

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Before Wikipedia finished off the encyclopedia as we knew it, Microsoft’s Encarta started the venerable multi-volume reference works on their long path to oblivion. So it is somehow fitting that because “people today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past”—that is, they turn to Wikipedia— Microsoft announced today that it is killing off the MSN Encarta Web site effective Oct. 31 (the Japanese version will linger under the end of the year}.

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