EditorsAbout the SiteComes vs. MicrosoftUsing This Web SiteSite ArchivesCredibility IndexOOXMLOpenDocumentPatentsNovellNews DigestSite NewsRSS

03.31.09

Another Part of Microsoft Dies: Encarta

Posted in Microsoft at 4:10 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Another day, another dead Microsoft product/service

Literature

Summary: MSN Encarta is axed by Microsoft

SOME WHILE ago it was adCenter Analytics and this time it’s MSN Encarta which goes right into the Microsoft Graveyard. As a debt-saddled [1, 2, 3, 4, 5] company-to-be (or not to be), they simply have no choice. From Microsoft’s own mouth:

On October 31, 2009, MSN® Encarta® Web sites worldwide will be discontinued, with the exception of Encarta Japan, which will be discontinued on December 31, 2009. Additionally, Microsoft will cease to sell Microsoft Student and Encarta Premium software products worldwide by June 2009. We understand that Encarta users may have questions regarding this announcement so we have prepared this list of questions and answers below. Please keep reading if you would like more information about these changes to Encarta.

Joe credits the destruction of this biased ‘encyclopedia’ to the rise of the GFDL-compatible Wikipedia, thus symbolising the triumph of Freedom of knowledge.

The decision to cut Encarta also comes as Microsoft looks to cut costs. The company has discontinued several products this year, including its Train Simulator game. The news was first reported by Ars Technica.

Britannica is already trying to imitate the Wikipedia model; they too realise that their business model is becoming obsolete, so they could become the next victim.

The revolution won’t be televised. It will be covered by the people… in Wikipedia. Freedom did have clear competitors in the past.

“It’s a good thing we have museums to document that.”

Bill Gates

Share this post: These icons link to social bookmarking sites where readers can share and discover new web pages.
  • Digg
  • del.icio.us
  • Reddit
  • co.mments
  • DZone
  • email
  • Google Bookmarks
  • LinkedIn
  • NewsVine
  • Print
  • Technorati
  • TwitThis
  • Facebook

If you liked this post, consider subscribing to the RSS feed or join us now at the IRC channels.

Pages that cross-reference this one

7 Comments

  1. twitter said,

    March 31, 2009 at 9:34 am

    Gravatar

    Traditional newspapers are rushing after this story but getting it all wrong. They dig up some interesting traffic stats but their perspective is grounded in the past and they are too terrified to “connect the dots” and see the publication revolution that’s clear to free software advocates. Some mention M$’s financial troubles but most articles are stuck in the world of paper.

    The New York Times did a little research to deliver some interesting traffic statistics,

    In January, Wikipedia got 97 percent of the visits that Web surfers in the United States made to online encyclopedias, according to the Internet ratings service Hitwise. Encarta was second, with 1.27 percent. Unlike Wikipedia, where volunteer editors quickly update popular entries, Encarta can be embarrassingly outdated.

    That’s from the usual source of flawed web statistics, but it’s nice the NYT bothered to look.

    The Christian Science Monitor tries to “connect the dots” between encyclopedia and newspaper business models. They noted that paper encyclopedias used to cost $1,000 or so but did not mention that Wikipedia has an interesting and growing news section.

    The Wall Street Journal, which resisted online publication with all of it’s fancy font might until it became another division of Fox News, does a nice job of looking back. They quickly summarized the history of Encarta and Wikipedia and actually tried to interview people from those places and Britanica. M$ declined to answer any useful questions, Wales said, “We’re not in a business where we’re trying to put anyone out of business,” and Britanica admitted to having their ass kicked by Encarta in the 90s.

    None of these organizations understand the nature of electronic publishing. Some come close and talk about push vrs. pull or reduced costs and how well collaborative efforts seem to work. The whole thing remains frightening and unreliable black magic to them. Tom Wolf once famously derided his peers as “Little Mummies” but it’s beyond that now. They are like Neanderthals rejecting cooked meat because they fear fire. The usual nonsense about vandalism is repeated, sometimes from vandalized Wikipedia articles, but the larger message of freedom is lost on them. I imagine them typing these articles with great difficulty on their Macs or Windows PCs, completely ignorant of the larger revolution that powers Wikipedia and their more enlightened peers. “Who needs more when you are happy with what you have got?” ask the heavy toothed monsters in their filthy caves even as chunks of their world collapse on them, “Beware fire and light, they will hurt you!”

  2. David Gerard said,

    March 31, 2009 at 2:35 pm

    Gravatar

    We’re already asking Microsoft about freeing what they can for Wikipedia’s use. And if they do, we will say lots of nice things about them. We’ve had some major successes freeing up image repositories of late. A lot of their content is licensed, but apparently they do have clear ownership of quite a bit.

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    Microsoft is busy killing access to knowledge at the moment.

    Jose_X Reply:

    This comment http://boycottnovell.com/2009/03/31/encarta-dies/#comment-61327 belongs on this thread and should be fixed as follows:

    “touch” should have been “tush” [slang definition tush(3) here http://www.answers.com/tush ]

    Roy Schestowitz Reply:

    I remember Microsoft cursing Wikipedia just over a year ago. it was not a ‘formal’ statement, though.

    And let’s not forget Waggener Edstrom.

  3. Jose_X said,

    March 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm

    Gravatar

    >> And if they do, we will say lots of nice things about them.

    Lying and touch-glossing should not be endorsed.

  4. David Gerard said,

    March 31, 2009 at 3:45 pm

    Gravatar

    Interesting story – I’d never heard that Windows 2000 was literally unbuildable after the permatemp apocalypse.

What Else is New


  1. In an Effort to Push the Unitary Patent (UPC), EPO and the Liar in Chief Spread the Famous Lie About SMEs

    The EPO wants people to hear just a bunch of lies rather than the simple truth, courtesy of the people whom the EPO proclaims it represents



  2. Links 21/9/2017: Red Hat's Open Source Patent Promise; Qt 5.6.3, Kali Linux 2017.2 Release

    Links for the day



  3. East Asia's Patent Peril and the Curse of Patent Trolls

    The high cost of China's new obsession with patents and the never-ending saga of Samsung (Korea), which gets dragged into courts not only in the US but also in China



  4. USPTO Starts Discriminating Against Poor People, and Does So Even When They Rightly Point Out Errors

    Even though the burden of proof ought to be on one who grants a monopoly, the legal costs are being offloaded onto those who challenge an erroneously-granted monopoly (even if the court sides with the challenger)



  5. Ambrose Chan Enters Document Security Systems (DSS), a Partly Patent Troll Entity

    The Board of Directors of DSS enlists a man from Singapore, whose lack of technical background suggests that the company is still more of a bully than an innovator



  6. UPC Threatens to Weaponise Software Patents in Countries That Forbade These

    The reality of software patents in Europe and what a Unified Patent Court (UPC) would mean for these if it ever became a reality



  7. The Latest Lies About the Unitary Patent (UPC) and CIPO's Participation in Those

    Team UPC continues to overplay its chances, conveniently ignoring simple facts as well as the Rule of Law



  8. The Patents Policy of Facebook is Causing an Exodus

    Yet another major player walks away from Facebook's code because of software patents



  9. Links 20/9/2017: Wine Staging 2.17, Randa 2017, Redox OS 0.3.3

    Links for the day



  10. When Google Used Alex Converse to Raid the Public Domain With Software Patents

    In its overzealous pursuit of software patents, Google is now turning public domain methods into private 'property' (in defiance of critics)



  11. Mark Kokes, the Man Behind BlackBerry's Patent Aggression, Leaves the Company

    The man behind the patent troll-like behaviour of BlackBerry is leaving



  12. WordPress Demonstrates That Facebook's Patent Strategy is Deterring/Alienating Developers

    React is being dumped following Facebook's attempt to restrict distribution/derivatives using software patents



  13. Links 19/9/2017: Pipewire, Mir Support for Wayland, DRM in W3C

    Links for the day



  14. Links 18/9/2017: Linux 4.14 RC1, Mesa 17.2.1, and GNOME 3.26 on Ubuntu Artful

    Links for the day



  15. Patent Trolls Update: Eolas, Conversant (MOSAID), Leigh Rothschild, and Electronic Communication Technologies

    Patent trolls are still being watched -- as they ought to be -- even though some of them shy away, hide from the media, engage in dirty tricks, and file more lawsuits



  16. Microsoft is Promoting Software Patents in India in Another Effort to Undermine Free/Open Source Software, Microsoft-Connected Trolls Are Still Suing

    The ongoing patent threat to Free/libre Open Source software (FLOSS) and the role played by Microsoft in at least much of this threat



  17. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Under Attack by IBM and Other Patent Parasites Who Undermine Patent Quality

    The PTAB, which has thus far invalidated thousands of abstract/software patents, is under a coordinated attack not by those who produce things but those who produce a lot of lawsuit



  18. Why the Mohawk Tribe Should Fire Its Lawyers and Dump the Patents Which Now Tarnish Its Name

    In order to dodge the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) with its Inter Partes Reviews (IPRs), the Mohawk tribe is being exploited -- very much in direct detriment to its reputation and status



  19. Amazon and Google Have Both Become Part of the Software Patents Problem

    The transition from so-called 'defensive' patents to offensive patents (ones that are used to suppress competition) as seen in Amazon and in Google, which is already suing rivals and is pursuing additional patents by acquisition



  20. Unless Physical, Inventions Are No Longer Patent-Eligible in US Courts, But USPTO Ignores Precedence

    Even though the ability to enforce software patents against a rival (or many targets, especially in the case of patent trolls) is vastly diminished, the US patent office continues to grant these



  21. Citing the European Patent Convention, Spanish Court Tosses Lawsuit With EPO-Granted European Patent

    The quality of European Patents (EPs) -- a subject of growing levels of scrutiny -- as demonstrated in Barcelona this summer



  22. Links 16/9/2017: More of “Public Money, Public Code”, Equifax Failed to Patch for Months

    Links for the day



  23. BlackBerry Has Turned Into a Patents and Licensing Company

    The Canadian company that made fairly reputable phones early in this century is left with nothing but the power to sue other companies -- a power to which it increasingly gravitates



  24. European Patent Office Continues to Paint a Rosy UPC Picture Even Though the UPC May Already be Dead

    The European Patent Office (EPO) doesn't let facts get in the way as another week passes with UPC promotion and further staff repressions



  25. Tax Evasion by Patent Boxes and Lies About Small Businesses (SMEs) in the Corporate Media

    The lobbying effort of the patent 'industry' -- and its largest beneficiaries -- paints its own perks as something that's intended for their small/minuscule competitors (whom they actually attempt to misrepresent and crush)



  26. Links 15/9/2017: Mesa 17.2.1 RC, Wine 2.17, WordPress to Ditch React Over Patents

    Links for the day



  27. The UPC Fantasy is Going Nowhere as Complaints and Paperwork Pile Up

    Many submissions and complaints about the Unitary Patent have time to arrive before the end of October as a decision on the matter seems as distant as 2018



  28. At Event of EPO SLAPP Firm, a Suggestion That the UPC Should be Scrapped Because It's Stuck

    Just like the TPP, the UPC is now in a potentially fatal deadlock, so people with a stake in the outcome consider starting again (almost from scratch)



  29. Watchtroll Helps the EPO Peddle Fake News About the Unitary Patent (UPC)

    The Unified Patent Court (UPC) isn't happening; the EPO, however, keeps on pretending that it can already operate as though the UPC got the green light



  30. Links 14/9/2017: Plasma 5.11 Beta, Q4OS 1.8.8, Orion

    Links for the day


CoPilotCo

RSS 64x64RSS Feed: subscribe to the RSS feed for regular updates

Home iconSite Wiki: You can improve this site by helping the extension of the site's content

Home iconSite Home: Background about the site and some key features in the front page

Chat iconIRC Channel: Come and chat with us in real time

CoPilotCo

Recent Posts