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Microsoft Launches Free Online Version of Encarta

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Microsoft Launches Free Online Version of Encarta

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Microsoft Corp. has announced the launch of a free online version of Encarta World English Dictionary at http://www.encarta.com. According to the release, the online dictionary offers quick, easy-to-understand audio definitions that are spoken in a human voice.

"Encarta World English Dictionary is one of the first dictionaries created with the help of the Internet, making it a natural fit to be offered online," said Craig Bartholomew, general manager of Microsoft's Learning Business Unit. "Unlike some competitors, it contains definitions that clearly reflect today's language. We have thousands of audio pronunciations in the dictionary, and it's thoroughly up-to-date on the use of English around the world."

The online dictionary includes definitions, word origins, and essays on usage from the CD-ROM version of Encarta World English Dictionary, which was released in August 1999. According to the company, it reflects today's global English with definitions that people can understand and use every day.

"The Encarta World English Dictionary has been a wonderful reference tool for my students at school, and now with online availability it will be even more accessible to more people," said Susan Meyers, English teacher at Rantoul High School in Rantoul, Illinois. …

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