Microsoft Corp. is to exit its Encarta encyclopedia business later this year after losing ground over the years to freely available reference material on the Internet on web sites like Wikipedia Encylopedia.
“People today seek and consume information in considerably different ways than in years past,” the software maker said in a notice posted on its MSN website.
Microsoft reduced 5,000 jobs earlier this year to cut costs and warned profit and revenue would fall over the next two quarters, said it would stop selling Encarta software products by June 2009.
Encarta websites worldwide, except Encarta Japan, would be discontinued on October 31 and Encarta Japan will cease after December 31, the company said.
The disappearance of Encarta will not affect me at all. I do a lot of researching on the Internet, and not once, have I used Encarta or any other encyclopedia besides Wikipedia. The next encyclopedia on the chopping block is Britannica. It’s not if, but when it will be sacrificed in the name of profitability.
The Internet has no mercy for inefficiency and stagnation. You tell that to the newspaper guys as well. Good Day.