This summer, software giant Microsoft Corp. plans to release a new tool designed to make doing homework--long a source of mental anguish for students--less about headaches and more about learning.

Called Microsoft Student 2006 (MS Student 2006), the product is a cross between Microsoft's online Encyclopedia Encarta, a customizable search engine, and its Office productivity suite--geared specifically to the needs of students.

"Microsoft has done a lot of research with middle and high school students and their parents to understand the frustrations they have with homework," wrote MS Student 2006


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