RIP: Microsoft Encarta

Looks as though Microsoft is killing Encarta (both the Web site and disc series). Over the years, I can count on one hand how many times I used the service – despite having owned several editions (and, certainly, being online since its inception). Luckily, I think I received those DVDs as gifts, so I was never out anything. I’m sure Wikipedia marginalized Encarta, much like Google Maps marginalized Microsoft Streets & Trips (on my desktop, at least).

Does this come to any surprise to you? I asked on Twitter:

chrispirillo: Microsoft is killing Encarta. Despite owning several copies in the past, I never used it. You?

about an hour ago

LionelatDell: Ditto. Agree with that assessment.

about an hour ago

Skyy: Enwhatta?

about an hour ago

Riyanweb: it works for me πŸ™‚

about an hour ago

musosdan: yeah i used to. want a set of brittanica tho πŸ™‚

about an hour ago

Tad: I remember perusing it back in the day, but haven&#39t even THOUGHT about it in years. *feeling sentimental now*

about an hour ago

odaynasser: only their thesuarus

about an hour ago

allen099: Me? Nah, I wouldn&#39t mind killing it either.

about an hour ago

evantravers: It had a jeopardy meets labyrinth puzzle maze game. That and the articles on weapons/airplanes.

about an hour ago

cinebo: never touched it but also had it way back when

about an hour ago

christophertran: nevar used it. ever.

about an hour ago

lucdupuy: I did for about 15 min. then found out wikipedia potential and other university ressources. then why pay?

about an hour ago

DennisWhite: I never used it either…

about an hour ago

Christyxcore: I only used encarta when I was at school.

about an hour ago

Inundated: Fascinated with Encarta for about a day then it became shelfware. Then I&#39d buy the next version

about an hour ago

mnrmg: I plagiarized an article from them in like 6th or 7th grade. Feels good to get that off your chest! LOL

about an hour ago

stkxppro: never used Encarta. They should kill it.

about an hour ago

gattaca: Funny you say that. I had a copy once. Never used it either.

about an hour ago

TURBOHOSTUSA: Enwho? hahaha!

about an hour ago

Bowler4Ever: Encarta was never useful. Good riddance.

about an hour ago

Nfan12: I still have Encarta 1999 and 2000 but i don&#39t use it.

about an hour ago

weirdFishes: Haven&#39t used Encarta since 1997 or so.

about an hour ago

blackysky: encarta was good back then but wikepedia kill it ….

about an hour ago

mikedsjr: encarta still exists?

about an hour ago

CobraRob: Ahh I remember convincing my parents to buy a CD rom drive using Encarta as the excuse to need it. Dont think I even used it.

about an hour ago

CPWestergaard: never, but I also refuse to use wikipedia either. Probably a case of ppl not being willing to pay for content.

about an hour ago

ChrisWiegman: I used it in the mid 90s, but I haven&#39t in at least 10 years.

about an hour ago

Commodore256: Nah, I never liked that piece of junk.

about an hour ago

garrett_w: finally! i wondered how long it would take for them to realize that its day is past.

about an hour ago

Arkitan: Not once.

about an hour ago

onekopaka: I have used it but now Wikipedia will dominate.

about an hour ago

MikeyVB: i owned 2 versions used 1 of them once

about an hour ago

nerwin: I used it once On Windows 95 long long time ago. The first PC we ever owned. We use to own a Mac.

about an hour ago

cbrowne25: in 1994 on our 33Mhz IBM before we got the Internets.

about an hour ago

davidson2009: Used Encarta once, Its too general, but nice for kids and for school work.

about an hour ago

benjamingeiger: I used it until I got Internet access. I wish they&#39d have kept Flight Simulator though.

about an hour ago

mikebrowne: Encarta came with several PC&#39s. Never used it. Microsoft doesn&#39t need to kill something that was already dead.

about an hour ago

gsphotobeetle: I never used Encarta for six years. Never seem to know why.

about an hour ago

harrysaxon23: Used it in the early CD-ROM days, up to about &#3993, then the WWW happened. Lot of CD-ROM databases in the early 90s.

about an hour ago

alisonatintuit: nope – I use Wikipedia…

about an hour ago

NightRPStar: negatory, hardly ever did, i preferred the Britannica really

about an hour ago

flashdrive: never used it once. i did have it on my msn before lol

about an hour ago

jamedina88: wow I totally forgot about Encarta after Windows 95

about an hour ago

bluedepth: Long live Wikipedia! πŸ™‚

about an hour ago

jnassi: I think I used Encarta once, in the mid-to-late 90s.

about an hour ago

thirddesign: used it for that weird puzzle/adventure/trivia game in the 2000 version (i think)

about an hour ago

dremin: It&#39s a good resource where Wikipedia fails.

about an hour ago

ZenTigerpaw: I haven&#39t used half of Microsoft&#39s product line. Sept for Office, and even I stopped using that for free alternatives.

about an hour ago

craigalberino: not unless it came with a new machine

about an hour ago

DavidGranado: Encarta is still around?? I thought that died in the 90&#39s with Pogs and Pauly Shore. I guess you learn something every day.

about an hour ago

spacks: I played the crap out of MindMaze in Encarta 97… http://bit.ly/15Cs totally worth it when it came /w my first PC.

about an hour ago

david_ing: Yep, more or less the same. The one good place is probably the kids computer, as it&#39s off the net plus has that &#39encarta kids&#39

about an hour ago

kooldudeben: love u bro… id rather shit on my hand than use mac or windows or anything lke that, but they are the only 1s out…

about an hour ago

garrett_w: the last version i used was 98, i think. that or 97 had an awesome educational game my sis & i loved (only thing we used btw).

about an hour ago

Ninesvnsicks: I haven&#39t&#39 used Encarta since elementary school on an old mac.

about an hour ago

egsa: Kind of remember Encarta as a demo that came with Multimedia PC a billion years ago. Didn&#39t know it still existed.

about an hour ago

tomacintosh: Man I completely forgot about Encarta! What a blast from the past! I guess Wikipedia + faster Net connections have taken over!

about an hour ago

ianleon8: I only used Encarta when i got it, then i just forgot about it.

about an hour ago

mrmseawa: Used Encarta ages ago when it first came out & the www was smaller.The internet now serves as my primary research tool!

about an hour ago

morgan_johnson: I never used Encarta. I always used the copy of Britannica I had. I liked it better, ha.

about an hour ago

atav: Me neither.

about an hour ago

samuraigurl: I&#39ve used my Encarta a couple of times but not lately.

about an hour ago

willcormier: never … Not even in 1996 … When it always came free

about an hour ago

Cboardkid: you are slow !! @mobilephone2003 posted a tweet about this a while ago lol

about an hour ago

robby1051: once in 2000 to see what it was all about

about an hour ago

eliasisrael: The Internet killed Encarta. Microsoft is just getting around to holding the funeral.

about an hour ago

pure23: I remember Encarta coming bundled back in the day with pc&#39s. I honestly didn&#39t know it wasn&#39t dead already.

about an hour ago

brknseals: The versions that I had on my earlier compaq&#39s kept me entertained when I was younger. Might be kinda sad to see it go…

about an hour ago

ronnyfugmann: Funny, I didn&#39t even know this MSN encarta thingy existed.

about an hour ago

TheDataDoc: Encarta was about as useful as screens on a submarine; like calling AOL the Internet, it just didn&#39t cut it as an info source

about an hour ago

Mofobro: Thats funny you would say that. Me too.. Never used it! Isn&#39t that strange, or maybe it says something?

about an hour ago

kevincastillo: bundled w/ computer in the mid 90s and a couple of upgrades after that. Not since. The included videos were cool then.

about an hour ago

mcuban: i have an encarta cd collection from every PC i bought the last what, 15 years ?

about an hour ago

tsells: I used it for a paper “once” in college.

about an hour ago

michellegamboa: Used the client version a couple of times, but mostly used the web version.

about an hour ago

hzleyedgrl: -Encarta&#39s still around? Nope never used it.

about an hour ago

jdhunter: I have used every version I have ever owned. Strung together they make a great mobile to keep the birds out of my plants!

about an hour ago

TheHenry: Instead of Encarta, just use google.com Works great! And is Free! Coming soon!

about an hour ago

redhead1904: Encarta never suited my fancy much

about an hour ago

darmerk: installed a few Encarta CDs waaay back in the 90s. Don&#39t remember using them.

about an hour ago

Abiu: I remember having it for most of my life I still got student edition 07 installed. But now with wikipedia and google its #done

about an hour ago

Alvin_N: I think I still have Encarta 95 in its original box unopened LoLs…I remember using it at a friends house.

about an hour ago

trenchard: Encarta: Largest SW market penetration in history w/lowest usage rate in history

about an hour ago

PeterOA: Wow that&#39s still around? I thought it was called Wikipedia now πŸ˜‰

about an hour ago

pcasey44: – owned it – never used it – I heard high school kids used it for research papers, but I can&#39t imagine why.

about 59 minutes ago

DarkHelmet46: Used it way back in highschool. Fairly useless as an encyclopedia. Better off hitting the library.

about 57 minutes ago

uberick: I would always install it, marvel at how cool it was, and then never use it again, after paying over $100 for it. :-O

about 57 minutes ago

BayouBengal56: I last used Encarta roughly around 1995 when I got my first PC with a CD-ROM drive.

about 56 minutes ago

jg_rat: I used Encarta. Twice, I think.

about 42 minutes ago

mrtomahawk: I had no idea that thing was still around… I used like six years ago

about 33 minutes ago

kpslover007: i used to use it way back in &#3903 till about &#3906. Now that Wikipedia is dominating research, Encarta is useless!

about 31 minutes ago

sbattan: in grade school i found it useful. (im talking 10 years ago)

about 13 minutes ago

PoopsTech: I have used in the past and I know of many that they do too, in conjunction with the Internet servers.

about 8 minutes ago