digital multimedia encyclopedia

Encarta was a digital multimedia encyclopedia by Microsoft. There was a more complete version called Encarta Premium made in 2008. It had more than 62,000 articles [1] and many photographs and illustrations. There was also music clips, videos, maps and timelines with some activity games. It also included an atlas, and homework tools. It was available on the internet if you pay a yearly fee, or to buy on DVD-ROM, or CD-ROMs. Many articles could also be read online free of charge, a service which is paid for by advertisements.[2]

Microsoft Encarta
Stable release
Encarta Premium 2009 / August 2008; 15 years ago (2008-08)
Operating systemMicrosoft Windows
LicenseProprietary commercial software
WebsiteFormerly encarta.msn.com at the Wayback Machine (archived October 31, 2009)

Microsoft made similar encyclopedias under the Encarta trademark in several different European languages and in Japanese.


  1. Encarta 2009 Information
  2. For the free service, one should use the URL http://search.msn.com/encarta/results.aspx Archived 2005-08-11 at the Wayback Machine (MSN Search Encarta) rather than http://encarta.msn.com Archived 2009-10-31 at the Wayback Machine (MSN Encarta : Online Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Atlas, and Homework)