Obits: RIP Microsoft Encarta, 1993-2009: This is really too bad.
Woe: Microsoft has officially pulled the plug on Encarta, a reference work that, for many of us, was probably more formative than anyone would like to admit.
Yes, please join with me in admitting that you spent a fair share of time reading the Human Reproduction article on your beige IBM Aptiva back in the day. Or produced/plagiarized many a fine middle school research papers, culling facts from its bounty. Encarta, you will be missed.
I loved Encarta, back in the day. It had Encarta 95 and I spent hours reading it…in the days before Wikipedia, of course. This is a good time to re-read The Lost Art of the CD-Rom from four years ago.
When I worked at Best Buy for eight months in 1998, DVD-ROM drives were just coming out. I remember thinking that I had to have one, because then I could browse Encarta without having to switch CDs. I wanted a DVD-ROM drive for four or five years because of this, but could never justify it. When I finally bought a machine that had one…it was kind of anti-climactic, because I was already hooked on Wikipedia.