Encarta: Multimedia digital encyclopedia produced by Microsoft (1993–2009). Find related downloads to Encarta Kids 2016 freeware and softwares, download Super Sonic Island and other free downloadable contents. For years, Encarta came in three primary software editions: Standard, Premium, and Reference Library (price and features in that order). Beginning with Encarta 2006, however, when Websters Multimedia took over its maintenance, Encarta became a feature of Microsoft Student.
Alternative Title: “Microsoft Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia” Encarta, in full Microsoft Encarta Multimedia Encyclopedia, multimedia digital encyclopaedia produced by Microsoft Corporation (1993–2009). Initially a CD-ROM product, the Encarta brand later expanded to include an Internet-based incarnation and was bundled with other Microsoft products.
The possibility of a digital encyclopaedia was first discussed at Microsoft in 1985. The company approached a range of reference publishers before signing a nonexclusive contract with Funk & Wagnalls to use their 29-volume New Encyclopedia in establishing a database in 1989. The project, however, was put on hold in 1990 due to concerns about the commercial viability of the product. After efforts resumed (100 of 513 words).