Encarta to Shutdown on October 31

Microsoft is closing down the online Encarta Encyclopedia worldwide on October 31 (except for in Japan, when it will close down at the end of December). Encarta was, ultimately, the victim of Web 2.0 and user-generated content. It was no match for the likes of Wikipedia. As Bill Tancer discusses in his book Click, Encarta had about 68,000 articles on a variety of topics. “Wikipedia, as of 2007, (had) more than 7.5 million articles…and new articles appearing on the site at a rate of 1,700 PER DAY (capitals added).”

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