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MSN Encarta Premium Fact Sheet

MSN Encarta Premium
http://encarta.msn.com/

Fact Sheet
January 2004

Overview

MSN Encarta Premium is a valuable learning and research resource available to subscribers of MSN Premium or as a stand-alone premium Web service for customers who prefer the convenience of a la carte access. MSN Encarta Premium extends and complements the innovative and compelling features of the No. 1 best-selling encyclopedia brand,* Encarta Reference Library 2004, offering customers the flexibility of accessing learning tools and premium content through the Internet.

Reference features in MSN Encarta Premium include a comprehensive online encyclopedia, the Encarta Interactive World Atlas, the Encarta World English Dictionary and Thesaurus and translation dictionary, and a searchable magazine collection featuring the archives of leading magazines. MSN Encarta Premium also includes powerful tools to help children with homework. Customers have access to Literature Guides, which contain helpful summaries and insights on many of the great works of literature commonly studied in grades 6-12. Also, MSN Encarta Premium provides students with valuable math and writing assistance via the service's Homework Center.

Features

Online encyclopedia. MSN Encarta Premium includes enough online content to fill a 30 volume print encyclopedia.

Magazine Center. The MSN Encarta Premium Magazine Center provides online access to the full archived content of many top periodicals.

Literature Guides. MSN Encarta Premium includes access to helpful companions to many of the great works of literature commonly studied in grades 6-12.

Homework Center. MSN Encarta Premium provides a collection of powerful tools to help adults and children overcome day-to-day challenges in math and English homework and projects of all types. Exciting areas within the Homework Center include the following:

Homework Starters. These are step-by-step guides to writing essays, research papers, book reports and more.

Math. With step-by-step math help, powered by MathPlayer technology by Design Science, students can select the textbook they're using in school, navigate to the specific problem number they are struggling with, and review detailed explanations by expert mathematicians on how to solve a similar problem.

Web directory. This is a list of the best online sources as selected by the expert staff at Encarta.

Dictionaries and thesaurus. Dictionaries from Encarta contain approximately 400,000 entries. In addition to definitions, dictionary entries may include some or all of the following: audio pronunciations, word histories, word usage notes, thesaurus entries, and translations between English and French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Maps Center. Maps Center includes a dynamic atlas with more than 100,000 locations that will make exploring the world easy.

Content updates. The trustworthy and authoritative Encarta content is updated weekly (or more frequently if there is a major news event) so users can be sure they are looking at up-to-date information.

Availability

MSN Encarta Premium is available as a feature of MSN Premium or as a stand-alone subscription service accessible at http://encarta.msn.com/ .

Pricing

MSN Encarta Premium is available through MSN Premium, which is priced in the United States at $9.95 per month or $99.95 per year, or as stand-alone MSN premium Web service in the United States for $4.95 per month or $29.95** per year. MSN Encarta Premium complements Encarta Reference Library 2004, which is available in DVD and CD versions for an estimated retail price of $69.95 (U.S.).

* NPDTechworldSM, March 1993-March 2003. Based on total U.S. sales.

** Available to new subscribers in the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. After the trial period (if any), the then-current price for your MSN plan will be automatically charged to your credit card until you cancel your account or select an alternative plan. You must agree to the MSN Subscription Agreement to access the service. A major credit card is required. MSN is available only for personal noncommercial use. MSN Premium and MSN Encarta Premium Details: For users of Windows 98 or later operating systems only. Prices subject to change. Additional terms may apply. Internet access service not provided; you must have existing Internet access service. No refunds on prepaid plans, unless cancelled within 30 days.

Microsoft, MSN, Encarta and Windows are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corp. in the United States and/or other countries.

The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.


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